Herman Koch’s bestselling novel “The Dinner” had been on my to-read list since it first came out in 2013, so it was thrilling when a copy of “Summer House With Swimming Pool” landed in my hands. The main character of “Summer House With Swimming Pool” is Dr. Marc Schlosser, a physician whose patients disgust him. Into Dr. Schlosser’s office walks Ralph Meier, a big star, who finds Dr. Schlosser to be accommodating in writing whatever prescriptions he requests.
Marc Schlosser and Ralph Meier are not the only ones who hit it off. At an evening out Ralph gives Caroline, Marc’s wife, lecherous looks just as Marc is sizing up Ralph’s wife, Judith. This little episode doesn’t amount to much at first, but things heat up when the Meiers invite the Schlosser family to visit their summer house with a swimming pool somewhere on the Mediterranean coast. At the summer house are any number of men (young and old) with mean streaks who could commit violence.
“Summer House With Swimming Pool” reveals at the start that Ralph is dead and that Marc’s medical techniques contributed to his demise. If you are looking for an ideal book to dive into next to the beach (pun intended!) then this would be my pick for your next summer read.
Book Details: Published by Hogarth (June 3, 2014), 387 pages, ISBN: 0804138818.