Everyone should read this book.
The story is told from the point of view of babe in the womb. An all knowing baby who suspects his mother. There is a surprise in the book that sneaks up on you. Most readers know McKuen for Atonement, and Solar and Children Act were satisfying as well, but this is a whole new level. In the hands of a lesser writer, the plot would unfold awkwardly, the writer would struggle with the limited omniscient point of view, but not McKuen. We follow the narrator down the tube into the womb where he lies unquiet, anxious when sex takes place near his resting place, aware of the clutter in the house and in his mother’s mind. For every reader who loves an exquisitely paced story of murder and love, read this. Dream yourself back into a womb where you knew all the desperate sadness of the world and the terrible ways we betray one another. As for the ending, what’s wrong with getting to a cliff and simply jumping off?