…by Ian McEwen.
13 year old Briony Tallis has a love for writing and creating stories and plays. However, her imagination proves to be her greatest enemy as she wrongly accuses Robbie Turner of rape. Resulting in him being sent to prison and thus ruining his dreams and those of her older sister Cecilia who was in love with him. Set in the pre-World War II era in England and then in France during the war following Robbie’s release, the book follows Briony’s attempt to atone herself for her huge mistake. It all culminates to a climactic ending which will leave you shocked.
The book is divided into three parts and the first part had me gripped. I really enjoyed the journey into Briony’s mind and the way in which she viewed the world. The suspense and the build up to her accusations of Robbie are described beautifully. Unfortunately for me, Part II dragged on a bit especially the parts about the war and Robbie in France. But it built up its pace again only to shatter me with the ending. I figured out who the rapist was myself but it was the manner in which the book ended left me feeling a bit cheated. It is generally a good read though and I would recommend it. If you have read it, do leave your comments about your thoughts on the same.
Until next time,