I just read this because it's short, and because I am willing to try anything by Ian McEwan. My daughter is (loosely) named after a character in his best book, 'Atonement'. This one, however, was ... odd; actually, disturbing might be a better word. It was along the lines of his novel 'Saturday' which I didn't like as much as 'Atonement'. Either I'm not intelligent enough to figure it out, or it's just not my type of read. I still hope to find another book by McEwan with the power of 'Atonement'. I'll keep trying.