The Dinner by Herman Koch

the dinner

A seemingly innocuous restaurant gathering gets heated, when each character’s dark pasts are revealed. As each course is delivered, the reader finds themselves drawn into a delicious and dark tale with an irresistible conclusion.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

the ocean at the end of the lane

A man revisits his childhood home while attending a funeral. A slew of unwanted memories come flooding back, in a whirlwind of fantastical – and sometimes horrifying – imagery.

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“I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was, that the reality I knew was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger.”