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Author: Herman Koch Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781480543805
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The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Dinner

When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] deliciously Mr. Ripley-esque drama.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • Summer House with Swimming Pool is a gripping read, an assault of unexpected twists and thumbscrew-turning tension.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Twisty, thrilling.”

    New York Post

  • “Caustic…Poisonous…I couldn’t stop reading this… Chapter by chapter, it is shockingly cynical and infected with a strain of humor so toxic that it should come with a bottle of Purell…Ghoulishly fascinating.”

    Washington Post

  • “Bound to satisfy fans of The Dinner…A new psychological thriller about nasty people on an opulent vacation.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In Koch’s equally devious follow-up to The Dinner, civilization is once again only a thin cover-up for man’s baser instincts...Make no mistake: very few real-world events will distract readers from finishing this addictive book in one or two sittings.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[In The Dinner,] Koch’s wry wit and sardonic approach to marriage and children transformed a grisly act of violence into fodder for parental and ethical contemplation. Here, he once again probes the limits of parental protection…[and] continues to illuminate ways in which our Freudian unconscious takes dreadful revenge on the ego.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Koch’s deft and nuanced exploration of gender, guilt, and vengeance make his second novel to be translated into English an absorbing read.”


  • “In this disquieting novel from Koch, sex, celebrity, and medical ethics become inextricably tangled as a summer idyll goes nightmarishly wrong…A sly psychological thriller lurks within this pitch-dark comedy of manners.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Koch] has created a clever, dark confection…Absorbing and highly readable.”

    New York Times Book Review on The Dinner

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, June 2014
  • Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, June 2014
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • Selected for the June 2014 Indie Next List
  • A June 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Herman Koch is the author of several novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner has been published in twenty-five countries and was the winner of the Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, winner of Audie and Earphones Awards for narration, is a stage, screen, and television actor and acting coach. He has narrated over three hundred works that span a range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, thriller, and children’s titles. His audiobook credits include works of Alan Glynn, Eric Van Lustbader, Nora Roberts and Dean Koontz. In film and television, he appeared in Caddyshack, America’s Most Wanted, and Unsolved Mysteries. He performs in regional and New York theaters and directs the New Voices acting school.