Monday, October 10, 2016
Using what has to be the most unusual narrator in literature, an eight month old fetus, McEwan tells the story of a murder plot and its aftermath. The pregnant Trudy has betrayed her husband, John with John's brother Claude. Trudy and Claude hatch a murder plot to eliminate John from the picture. The unborn child is the unwilling witness to their plotting and struggles to find a way to stop them, or at least insure they don't get away with their crime without punishment. The fetus does not speak as a child, but as a literate and worldly adult which makes the narration all the more intriguing. Beautifully written with a well crafted plot.