I've just finished reading this troubling novel by Ian McEwan. I've had problems with some of his other books, the ones with dazzling beginnings and, to my mind, endings that seem unresolved. I was especially put out by the ending of 'Atonement' - talk about an unreliable narrator! I felt it was a cop-out.
No problems with this book, it held me from beginning to end and left me thinking about it after I had put it down. The central character is a woman and I think that McEwan has captured her perfectly.
Just look at the simplicity and clarity of the writing and how it captures the character of Fiona, who is a High Court judge from the very first page.
Interestingly, I've had a hardback edition of this book on my bookshelves for quite a while but never got round to reading it. I chose the paperback from the mobile library. It makes me realise how much I'm influenced by the design of the cover. The hardback dust jacket simply didn't attract me. What do you think of it? What is that squiggly little figure meant to convey?