WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel ShriverRead about the other books on the list.
Eva Khatchadourian must surely be one of the most unfortunate mothers in fiction.
I’ll never forget the burgeoning horror that came with reading this book as, in letters to her husband, Eva brings us closer to the moment we know is coming: when her son, Kevin, murders his schoolmates in a Columbine-style massacre.
In recalling the freedom of life-before-kids and the challenges (to put it mildly) that she experienced while raising Kevin, Eva provides plenty of fuel for both Nature and Nurture camps.
Along the way, we’re treated to a chilling, glorious read.
We Need to Talk about Kevin is on Michael Hogan's list of the ten best fictional evil children, Fiona Maazel's list of the ten worst fathers in books, John Mullan's list of ten of the best sentences as book titles, and Shirley Henderson's six best books list.