I judge it his best yet, which I should make clear is saying a great deal - Observer
In 1946, a young couple set off on their honeymoon. Fired by their ideals and passion for one another, they plan an idyllic holiday, only to encounter an experience of darkness so terrifying it alters their lives for ever.
“Superbly evocative prose. The novel's vision of Europe is acute and alive, vivid in its moral complexities”
New York Times Book Review
“Brilliant - a meditation on the intoxications of violence and the redemptive power of love”
“Compassionate without resorting to sentimentality, clever without ever losing its honesty, an undisguised novel of ideas which is also Ian McEwan's most human work”
Times Literary Supplement