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Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is best known for the book Atonement, which was adapted into a 2007 major motion picture starring Keira Kneightly, James McAvoy, and Saoirse Ronan. His new novel Nutshell is one that will grab you by your heels and turn you upside down. You will gasp. You will be intrigued. But most of all, you will revel in this dark but delightful tale of love, betrayal, murder and deceit. 

The crux of the story may seem familiar, but Nutshell is executed with such a precision and finesse, something that you’d expect from Ian McEwan. A pregnant wife is cheating on her husband, plotting to get him out of her life so she can be with her lover. All the while, the entire drama is being witnessed by an unsuspecting soul – the unborn child. The narrative, told from the perspective of the unborn child, is profound, something that you wouldn’t expect from an innocent narrator. 

The narrative is imaginative and superbly crafted. The language is raw and at times shockingly adult in its content. But, that’s what makes it gut-wrentching and honest. 

With beautiful prose and a writer that doesn't settle on status quo, Ian McEwan's Nutshell is one book definitely to look out for this September.