Author: Ian McEwan
Page Count/Review Word Count: 182
This started out slowly and the characters were all fundamentally unlikeable, which meant that it took me a while to get into this one. Even when I did, it was mostly the writing style that I could appreciate, because the story itself was kind of weird and you already know what I thought about the people.
So it went from a 2/5 to maybe a 3.25/5, and then the ending happened and I had to drop it back down to 2.5. It was simultaneously predictable and difficult to believe, and I also thought it had a bad message about euthanasia that could potentially sway some people’s minds away from supporting it. That’s because he made it seem as though it’s easy to get someone euthanised without their consent, which just isn’t true.
Overall then, I was pretty disappointed with this and had my issues with it, and it left a sour taste in my mouth. But I’ll probably give McEwan another chance some time.