What It Is About: This is a series of letters from a woman to her former husband about their son Kevin. Kevin is in prison serving time for killing eleven people at his high school. The letters go back to when Kevin was born and retell his life through the eyes of his mother. There were difficulties in the relationship between Eva (the mother) and Kevin from his first day of birth. Kevin never quite established the "normal" relationship between himself and his parents and/or other people for that matter. Eva wonders if all of these issues led up to the killings. She visits Kevin in prison each Saturday and tried to get at the heart of what really happened on that day she calls "Thursday."
Who Should Read It: If you have read anything else by Lionel Shriver, then you should read this book. If you like fiction about families dealing with tragedy, then you should read this book. If you like stories with quite a bit of dysfunction, then you should read this book. As disturbing and sad as this story is, I do think it is a must read. Happy reading!
Rating: 4 STARS out of 5 Stars