Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch

A writer in his declining years, Mr. M was once celebrated for his fictionalized novel about a true crime. His account told the story of a history teacher who goes missing one winter evening, and the two teenagers who became suspects in his disappearance. Now Mr. M’s career is all but gone and his personal life seems to be an embarrassment. Is it possible that his claim to fame could be fake as well?

Koch’s new novel is told from different points of view and in different periods of time. The story is bound together by ever increasing tension, and the overriding question of what happened to the teacher. I liked the scenes when the teenagers were on vacation. I also thought the scenes when Mr. M remembered his parents were very well done.

Like all of Koch’s other books, Dear Mr. M has much to deliver in a quick read.

~ Leslie W.