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Publisher's Summary

One of the world's most acclaimed novelists, New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan has earned the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. After their parents die, four children are left alone in the family house. They are free to live however they choose, but they must preserve their terrible secret.
©1996 Ian McEwan (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"A shocking book, morbid, full of repellant imagery, and irresistibly readable." (The New York Review of Books)
"Darkly impressive." (The Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Zoe Brookes on 10-01-04

(Almost) unbearably dark

Deeply dark and darkly deep. Simple and chilling without going for cheap explicit shocks. Reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies" with more sex and less religion. Well narrated with a just-slightly-menacing tone, although he sounds more adult than convincingly adolescent.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Yennta on 04-03-10

One of his best

You have to like good writing. I've been reading reviews of McEwan by people who've been bored. What this is is great writing. If you only like closely plotted thrillers, McEwan is not for you. I've noticed that people who pan him often can't spell. That, to me, is a giveaway. Even those McEwan books I'm not crazy about are better than most books, and I'm an addict of the written and spoken word. My favorite McEwan book is Saturday, by the way. I liked it so much I had to read it in print. Twice. It's his language, his sly descriptions, the patterns in the stories.

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