Publisher: Random House

Author: Ian McEwan


ISBN: 978-1-784-70207-6

From the publishers:
'Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. 

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.'
Fiona Maye is clearly a women who has spent the majority of her life by pursuing a passion for her career, but soon this career seems to take over and has a long term effect on her marriage and life.

When Fiona starts being affected by her cases, it affects her home life and she is soon faced with a few compromising decisions ... then comes Adam, who takes an already stormy situation and makes it complicated.
This book was such a great read , it was my first time reading Ian McEwan and I have to say that I have to say that I truly enjoyed the story line. it was not the fastest paced novel but the emotions and the storyline more than made up for this ... in fact I just had to know what happened in the end!

I found that I teetered between crying for Fiona, asking myself 'what is she doing?', when it came to her husband Jack I felt dislike and hurt for Fiona but also understood an aspect of his betrayal ... this book really tugs at the moralities of life.

I will say that the ending is unexpected and a real tear jerker, but overall I enjoyed the read and would definitely recommend it as a good option for easy reading.

As per usual I am once again spoilt for choice with books from both Penguin Random House Struik and my book club, too bad I have to work ... tee hee!