Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=dantra0c-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0062345869&asins=0062345869&linkId=5FXEFY7GWJKU4OJQ&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=trueDark Rooms tries to be a Gillian Flynn novel. I understand the appeal, for a while there every thriller published wanted to be Gone Girl. Amolik seems to be going for more of a Dark Places vibe, which is a far worse crime, as Dark Places is probably Flynn’s best novel. Flynn achieves gritty realism in an almost subtle way that keeps it from feeling over the top. Amolik flamboyantly creates quite the opposite, her atmosphere dense with exorbitant plot points ranging from incest to – hold onto your butts – the protagonist developing a romantic relationship with her known rapist.  Continue reading “Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik”

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

I read Herman Koch’s The Dinner a few years back when everyone was talking about it. I hated it. So, for some reason, I decided to read his new book, Summer House with Swimming Pool. I did not hate it, but I did not particularly like it either. Like The DinnerSummer House‘s general tone is one of deep unsettlement. Both novels leave audiences feeling icky and bothered. Continue reading “Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch”