A Sleepless Summer (UK edition)By Bram Dehouck
Seasons come and go in provincial Blaashoek, where the town’s superficial harmony is upended by the arrival of a wind park—a blessing for some, a curse for others. The irritating hum of the turbines keeps butcher Herman Bracke, known far and wide for his delicious ‘summer paté’, awake at night. He falls prey to a deadly fatigue and gradually loses control over his work, setting off a series of blood-curdling events, with fatal consequences for the townspeople. Life in Blaashoek…
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'Grimly enjoyable.'—Sunday Times Crime Club Newsletter
Winner of the Golden Noose
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Book Club Questions
Book Club Questions
- Was there anyone you were rooting for? If so, what made them stand out?
- Was there a character who reminded you of somebody you know? Could you imagine them giving in to murderous impulses so easily?
- Of all the killers, is there anyone with a more convincingly redeeming character trait?
- Is anyone innocent in Blaashoek? Is anyone to be blamed more than the rest?
- Is there any justice to who got killed and who escaped the violence?
- Did Walter deserve to be spared, perhaps because he was at peace with the change in the village (i.e. the windmills)?
- What would you do if you were Walter, returning from that final bike ride?
- Are there any positive elements to Blaashoek, or is anything good just a facade?
- Did you find the village dynamics recognizable? Which specific aspects made it so?
- Did you see the ending coming? Did you think the butcher’s murder would be the novel’s most violent event when you had just finished reading that scene?
- Did you like the fast pace combined with the vivid and grotesque imagery?
- Did the book more often make you laugh or shudder?
- What kind of feeling were you left with after closing the book?
- Would you like to read more by Bram Dehouck, or perhaps other books of this style?