Spoiler-free review: This is my first Ian McEwan book, as you may know he is the author of ‘Atonement’ . Or if you haven’t heard of the book you might’ve seen the movie with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley.
The Children Act is his newest book, published in 2014. It follows a judge Fiona Maye who is presiding in family court. Now since I have law as a subject at school I thought that this book would be interesting. McEwan is known for writing sad, painful stories and this wasn’t an exception.
Fiona is married to Jack who one day suggests that before he gets ‘old’, she lets him have an affair with a younger woman. Now, Fiona isn’t dumb and of course she declines this but with this question being asked it changes the relationship between the spouses. They begin to distance from each other and their friendship and relationship gets cold. Fiona is mad at his proposal and cannot believe that he asked this of her.
She gets a new case, a really peculiar one. Her case is about a seventeen year old boy who is a Jehovah’s Witness and has leukaemia (leukemia) but he doesn’t wish to get help. This is the case that changes her life. She has a tough decision to make. But will her decision do good or bad to the boy?
I didn’t want to get into a spoilery review because I believe that you should read it without knowing many details. I liked this book a lot. There is something that fascinates me about the theme of marriage, how easily people brake, what makes them brake etc. This was an interesting read and it was also about religion. I know that people would to a lot of stuff for the sake of their faith but in my opinion a persons health is more important than anything else.
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