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The Comfort of Strangers

The Comfort of Strangers
Ian McEwan
125 pages

Colin and Mary are on an extended holiday in Venice. They spend long, lazy days idling in their hotel or wandering the streets, often getting lost. Late one evening, out in search of a restaurant, they meet a man named Robert who takes them to a nearby bar and, later, to his home. Robert is overly friendly and forward, but Colin and Mary are drawn to him in spite of their better judgement. Their time with Robert is inexplicably arousing, so much so that they spend the next few days sequestered in their hotel room. When they emerge they find themselves unconsciously drawn to Robert again. And things get really creepy and evil ... as if they weren't already.

Ian McEwan has written an expertly crafted thriller; I was riveted from the first few pages. As McEwan drove relentlessly toward the story's almost inevitable conclusion, I was actually relieved that the book was only 125 pages -- the suspense and intensity would have been difficult for me had it been longer. I had picked this book up quite by accident, in need of a short read while waiting for library books. I was very pleasantly surprised by its quality & punch. ( )

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raidergirl3
Oct. 19th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
I haven't heard of this one by McEwan. Sounds really suspenseful! I'll keep an eye out. I love a great short read like that.
mrstreme
Oct. 19th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
Like raidergirl, I hadn't heard of this McEwan book. It sounds so good - I must check it out.

Thanks for the review!
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