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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not much depth..., September 5, 2012
This review is from: Sweet Tooth (Kindle Edition)
A new McEwan is always a much-anticipated treat, but in this case the book didn't quite live up to my, admittedly high, expectations. A lighter than usual confection, this novel set in the world of Britain in the seventies - the three-day week, the Cold War, spies and traitors - shows off McEwan's considerable writing skill.

With a large nod to literary greats, and a self-indulgent nod to his own earlier work, the book is clever and, as would be expected from this author, full of tricks. We follow our young heroine, Serena, as she almost accidentally becomes involved in the shadowy world of MI5. She is an attractive character and this story of her various relationships both personal and professional is entertaining.

However, once I'd finished the book, I was left wondering what was the substance of it? Once all the tricks were displayed and understood was there anything left to savour? For me, the answer was no. I enjoyed reading it but it left no lingering aftertaste. And now I know the answers to the puzzles, I can't imagine I would get anything from a re-read. Like a card-trick, it's only impressive till you know how it's done.

In summary, a light, enjoyable read that held my interest to the end, but missing the depth and complexity of the author's earlier work.
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