by Christopher, December 9, 2008 10:51 AM
Long before Atonement, Ian McEwan was one sick, dirty little boy. And for that I am grateful. The Cement Garden is his most deeply macabre novel. Within the lives of four orphaned children, McEwan casts spells so dark and twisted, there is no room for plot. The unfathomable decisions that shape their sheltered universe make for character studies so unnerving you won't be able to look away.