I’m currently reading Ian McEwan’s latest book, Sweet Tooth. At the moment I’m still quite near the beginning of the book.
It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to read Sweet Tooth. I like Ian McEwan’s books, although I wasn’t that keen on his previous book, Solar, but this one looked good when I picked it up from one of the display tables in a local bookshop. Set in 1972, it’s about Serena Frome, the daughter of an Anglican bishop, who is a compulsive reader of novels. She works for MI5 in a very junior position, until she is assigned to a ‘special mission’ called ‘Sweet Tooth’, which brings her into the literary world of a promising young writer.
I’m hoping it’s going to be as good as Atonement, one of my favourite books. Like Atonement, Sweet Tooth is both a love story and a book about writing.
My name is Serena Frome (rhymes with plume) and almost forty years ago I was sent on a secret mission for the British security service. I didn’t return safely. Within eighteen months of joining I was sacked, having disgraced myself and ruined my lover, though he certainly had a hand in his own undoing. (page 1)
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I wonder what went wrong with the mission? Here’s my Friday Memes Post.
OMG! I am spotlighting this one today, too! I have high hopes for it. Here’s MY FRIDAY MEMES POST
Margaret – Oh, that’s an intriguing beginning for a book! It does make me want to find out what happened to get her sacked. And that’s of course the whole point of a good beginning – to get the reader hooked. Thanks for sharing.
Great start to the book. I wonder what she has been doing since getting sacked.
Great teaser! I really want to read this book but I’m waiting for it to come out on paperback first.
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I’ve never read anything by Ian McEwan before, but this one sounds pretty good.
~Kristin @ Always With a Book
Hopefully the main character in this book has more sense than Briony did in Atonement. Happy reading!
This is a great opening! I think I will have to try this book because the premise sounds like something I would really enjoy.
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