I have read other McEwan's books and enjoyed them much more.
Found the book just dragged along and now, about a week later, can't even remember the ending.
I most enjoy reading spiritual books to nourish my soul; psychology books to enhance my profession; & psych thrillers for fun escapism.
It is rare that I read a book twice, but this one I had to. The first time around, the book took revealed new "truths" at every turn, especially the ending that I could never have guessed.
Then I read it months later. Enough to have forgotten many of the details but still remembering how it ended. This allowed me to understand the novel from an entirely different perspective, which was about as delightful as a book of psychological suspense can be.
I felt like the book had so many insights to real life. The characters felt real and human. No one was all good or bad. I love the raw quality of the writing. It felt very honest. Loved it
Not sure, at first, that I liked it enough to finish it. It was intriguing enough, but a bit slow. Halfway through, I couldn't put it down. Verg glad I went to the end. Loved it!
The point of view is first person and she is not likable. She does not have any ethics and makes poor decisions, then feels treated unfairly. we stopped listening because the main character was inane.
It took way to long to develop. I was ready to quit many times. It became interesting with about 1.5 hours left. Nice use of language but I was relieved when it ended.
teacher & book lover
I thought this would be a female spy adventure. It's not. NOTHING happens in the whole book. So boring.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was very well written, had an interesting ending and was wonderfully narrated. It was the whole package.
The narrator is pretty good but the story is so annoying - because the main character is so annoying. I'm assuming she must be gorgeous because I cannot imagine another reason why any of the men in the story want to spend time with her. There seem to be no women in her life which is perhaps not surprising; she's endlessly self-reflective and self-absorbed and thinks of no one but herself.