"The Slap" made me want to do two things, "slap" the author silly for his long-winded, dull and boring novel and secondly, heave the cumberson drivel into the nearest trash bin. First of all, there are far too many characters: Hector, Aisha, Adam, Melissa, Connie, Brendan, Tasha, Elizabeth, Sava, Angeliki, Koula, Ari, Raf, Harry, Sandi, Rocco, Bilal (also known as Terry,) Shamira, Ibby, Bilal, Sonja, Manoli, Harry, Rosie, Gary, Hugo, Anouk, Rhys, Ravi, Dedjan, Ritchie, Tracey, Leanna - all within the first 40 pages! Give me a break!
As one reads further, there is another new endless batch of characters, none of whom inspire, captivate or seem to have any significant importance to the book. Perhaps because there are so many characters floating around in this endless, exhausting saga, with the exception of Hector and Aisha, the characters are not well developed and definitely not interesting enough to hold the reader's attention. The plot, if there is one (a child is slapped at a barbeque by Harry,) drags on...and on...and on. Would I recommend this tedious, mindless, yawn-inspiring tale of woe - definitely not. Root canal work would be less painful.
What would I recommend? Try Linda Holeman's " In a Far Country" or Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden." Both are fantastic literary works of art.