Vintage 2001 (first published 1981)
bought July 2006
My conclusion is that I found this book left me empty. We can accept that the couple went on holiday and spent the time as they did. Like all of McEwan's work, the realism of description is excellent, and as usual we wait for something terrible to happen, for the ordinary to be disturbed.
The psychopath, into whole company the couple have been lured, is truly insane. Through his narration of his life to the couple we learn the causes of this insanity, but cannot guess its result: the sadistic murder of the boyfriend.
Well-written and with a slow build-up, but ultimately just horrible and rather pointless would be my judgment of this short novel.