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29 March 2012 @ 07:02 pm
We Need to Talk About Kevin  
It's a good book, I know it is, but I think I'm going to have to stop reading it. I'm a bit less than halfway through it, and I feel so depressed by it.

The way Eva knows her son is all wrong from the day he's born is terrifying. If people read this before having babies, they would have second thoughts about procreating at all! And the relationship between her and her husband rings alarm bells from day one. The whole situation feels hopeless. Seriously, I'm getting depressed by it.

It's really good, though. Very powerful. I keep getting drawn back to it. Has anyone else read it? Finished it? Given up halfway? Any recommendations for antidotes? Books / authors to lift my mood? *sighs*
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alligator138: Feeling weirdalligator138 on March 31st, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
I probably will finish it in the end. I hate leaving things unfinished, even if it wasn't so good. It's probably proof of how good it is, that it makes me feel so bleak. There just seems to have been no point at which she could have changed things.

I'm reading another one alongside, to remedy effects. Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch. It's a thriller / murder mystery with supernatural features, that you'll suddenly find yourself snorting with laughter at. Just what I need!

Thanks for your review. I know what I'm in for a bit more now.
alligator138: Calm pink flowersalligator138 on April 4th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
I couldn't help it! It kept on drawing me back in! Finished it this morning.

Oh wow. You are so right that it gets more and more intense! It makes you think of so many different things - why didn't she leave, was there anything that could have been done different, would it have made any difference if she and her husband had been more together on their approach to Kevin. The big question of why Kevin did it seems a bit of a no-brainer in the end. I did wonder about Franklin's absence before the end - my suspicions were aroused, possibly by the fact that she kept using his name.

I'm glad I finished it, and thank you for encouraging me to do that, but it is so not a book to read when you're feeling fragile.
Queen of Spades: irishcoffeemonkiainen on April 2nd, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
I'm currently reading The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie, and so far I've enjoyed it quite a lot :)
alligator138: Poppy seedheadalligator138 on April 4th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
I'll try that. Hugh Laurie is strangely attractive. Not so strangely, considering House, but very strangely if you've ever seen him in Blackadder!