Comfort of Strangers
Ian McEwan

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Narrated By: Alex Jennings

Duration: 3 hours and 49 minutes

What to expect

As their holiday unfolds, Colin and Maria are locked into their own intimacy. They groom themselves meticulously, as though there waits someone who cares deeply about how they appear. Then they meet a man with a disturbing story to tell and become drawn into a fantasy of violence and obsession.

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction, Psychological thriller, Narrative theme: Love & relationships

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The Maestro

New Statesman

Has you in its stranglehold from the first page to the last. McEwan has honed his prose style (always admirably spare) to tell his tale, and with all the skill of an accomplished torturer, he throws the occasional crumbs of comfort, as the tension becomes unbearable, only to snatch them away within moments

Listener

McEwan, that master of the taciturn macabre, so organises his narrative that, without insisting anything, every turn and glimpse is another tightening of the noose

Observer

Haunting and compelling

The Times

As always, McEwan manages his own idiom with remarkable grace and inventiveness; his characters are at home in their dreams and so is he