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Posts Tagged ‘psychological fiction’

Sweepstakes Opportunity: Enter for a Chance to Win THE DINNER by Herman Koch

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Koch_The Dinner Certain appetites run in the family.

Since its publication last year, THE DINNER has become an internationally bestselling phenomenon. It’s the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives over the course of one meal—and it’s out now in paperback.

On a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. At first, the conversation is a gentle hum of small talk—the banality of work, the latest movies they’ve seen. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act, one that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children, and as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

The New York Times Book Review calls THE DINNER “a clever, dark confection,” and Gillian Flynn raves, “The Dinner begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It’s chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable.”

Mystery novel spotlight: Carol Goodman’s ARCADIA FALLS

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Arcadia FallsFinancial straits and a desire for a fresh start take recently widowed Meg Rosenthal and her aloof teenage daughter, Sally, to Arcadia Falls, a tucked-away hamlet in upstate New York where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. The creaky, neglected cottage they’ll be calling home feels like an ill omen, but Meg is determined to make the best of it. Then a shocking crisis strikes: During Arcadia’s First Night bonfire, one of Meg’s folklore students plunges to her death in a campus gorge. Sheriff Callum Reade finds the presumed accident suspicious, but then, he is a man with a dark past himself. Meg is unnerved by Reade’s interest in the girl’s death, and as long-buried secrets emerge, she must face down her own demons and the danger threatening to envelop Sally. As the past clings tight to the present, the shadows, as if in a terrifying fairy tale, grow longer and deadlier.

“The pleasure of a Carol Goodman novel is in her enviable command of the classical canon—and the deft way she [writes] a book that’s light enough for a weekend on the beach but literary enough for a weekend in the Hamptons.” —Chicago Tribune

“Goodman delivers the goods her fans expect in this atmospheric and fast-moving gothic story.” —Publishers Weekly

“Carol Goodman is a master of imagery and setting. She is the kind of writer who can weave several sub-plots into a cohesive and suspenseful tapestry, while at the same time moving back and forth in time. Part gothic novel and part mystery story, Arcadia Falls will not disappoint fans and should attract new readers as well.” —Bookreporter.com

Click here to read an excerpt, and click here to learn more about Carol Goodman.

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