Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan

I liked this book which is more than I can say for On Chesil Beach and The Children Act! It has a clever plot and lots of levels as a neat metaphor about spies and identity so you think you’re reading a rather silly novel about a clever girl who gets to be a spy but really …

The only slight problem is that you think why is this bloke writing this dross until you’re nearly finished and you’re thinking it is a big mistake for an old novelist to try to get inside a young girl as it doesn’t ring quite true and drifts into old duffer fantasy land, flicked blonde hair, up for it, nubile etc but of course it is cleverer than that and has lots of levels like a double agent or even a treble agent so the lesson is who are we and what is a character construct if you’re doing an MA at UEA but the rest of us could just be confused. Don’t be put off. It’s a good read and very clever.

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