Fiona Maye is a highly respected High Court Judge in the Family Court. Her husband, Jack, works at a University. But there are cracks in this successful couple’s marriage and Jack has asked Fiona’s permission to have an affair. Fiona doesn’t want to have to think about it. But then suddenly she can’t, as she is thrown into the middle of a challenging case involving a young Jehovah’s Witness. Fiona must now put aside her own emotions to deal with a life or death situation. She must not get involved and must do the right thing. The trouble is, the right thing is not that easy to decide.
I must start by saying I love the way that Ian McEwan writes but I don’t necessarily love his subject matter. For example, I thought that “Enduring Love” was beautifully written but that the subject matter was quite nasty. I wondered whether I would feel the same about this novel and I am very happy to say I didn’t.
This is a relatively short story which I read over a few days away. I would say that it does need to be read in as few sessions as possible; because of the subject matter there are plenty of nuances and I felt happier when I had submersed myself in the story completely.
Despite being short, the story flows together beautifully and the prose is so enchanting that you almost forget the words and can only see the story. I love writing like this and feel privileged to have a book like this in front of me. McEwan manages to weave the two highly enotionally charged stories together with aplomb and the characters are all so interesting that you desperately care what happens to them and want very much for that to be the right thing.
I expect you can tell that I absolutely loved this novel and I have already recommended it to my friends. Read it, I am sure you will love it too!