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The Blonde Bookworm said:
This was the 3rd book I’ve read by this author. I’m not a big author follower because I don’t like books that follow a formula. Lionel Shriver’s books are anything but formulaic. This particular book was hard to get into. I couldn’t figure out why this woman would be writing letters to her husband about their son who had murdered his classmates. The story eventually hooked me, though, and I found myself wanting to find this woman guilty of raising a murderer but being unable to judge her. What does a mother do when her son seems to be born with murderous genes? I didn’t see the ending coming, but it became clear why the letters were being written. And even though the picture painted was relentlessly dark, I have to say I was pleased with the ending for the small ray of hope it offered. I would highly recommend this book.
posted Jun 29, 2009 at 7:34PM
AnneCP said:
Eva Khatchadourian is reeling from shock, guilt and fury at her 16-year-old son's crime: the murder of seven of his fellow high school students and two teachers. In an attempt to understand or at least come to terms with what has happened, she begins a one-sided correspondence with her estranged husband, Franklin, and recalls the years of seemingly minor incidents in which Kevin exerted an eerie cruelty towards others. Eva saw it, Franklin did not. Are they responsible for what happened or was Kevin just born evil? Shriver's prose is intelligent, gripping and searing; her take on motherhood, privilege and the American dream are presented without sentiment, which serves to jolt the reader out of comfortable assumptions. It is a haunting story and one that leaves the reader with much to think about and discuss with others.
posted Aug 27, 2010 at 10:54AM
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