DEAR MR M by Herman Koch is about Mr M, an aging author with a young wife and daughter. He’s trying to hold on to a writing career that hasn’t had much success since he had written a book that was based on a true event. The story was about a history teacher who had an affair with a student, and then went missing. The book went on to become a bestseller.
He wants that again.
He needs that again.
One day, Mr M receives a note and it hints at getting revenge for that bestselling book.
It’s hard to review a story like this without giving away spoilers and clues because the book revolves around your discovery of the events that take place in it. There is a lot going on in the story and it sometimes feels like it’s hard to follow. It’s deeply involved with flash backs of the writing of the original book, present day with the neighbor, and different story viewpoints.
I was given a copy of DEAR MR M by Herman Koch in exchange for an honest review. It’s a good book. Like I said, I was confused and lost at times, but it did have its share of twists and turns and everything was tied up in the end. Did it have enough mystery and intrigue throughout the entire story to be compared to Gone Girl? That what they mention on the back cover: A European Gone Girl. With that, I think that this story fails.
Would I recommend buying this book? Maybe look for it at your local library. If they don’t have a copy of it… ahh. Maybe a discounted version on Amazon. Perhaps if you’re a fan of Herman Koch you might enjoy this book, but otherwise, it’s nothing to run out and buy.