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See If You Can Predict How the Story Will End
on 21 November 2014
This 21st century novel is set in the Netherlands and was originally written in Dutch, but the translation is so good that you would never know (except for the references to Dutch places and culture).
The courses of a meal in a restaurant are used as the framework for flashbacks that gradually reveal the history and relationships of those eating the meal, and of their families. This technique is very skilfully used to tantalise the reader with hints and suggestions, but not in an annoying way. Be assured that the author explains everything in the end.
Although the action essentially takes place in a single evening, this is by no means a short story and the flashbacks range widely over the recent and the more distant past. It certainly keeps you guessing and wanting to read on to find out more.
My only very minor criticisms are that none of the characters is very likeable, the narrator does not seem to have any way of earning a living (although he is not short of money) and the ending is a little abrupt. However, I recommend ignoring these insignificant drawbacks and seeing if you can predict how the story will end.
The eBook is of a good quality with only a small handful of errors that should have been weeded out during proof reading.