Book Review by Anne Beier
This surprising novel takes place in present day London. Fiona, a family judge, presides over a case where a boy, just shy of his 18th birthday, which would then make him legally old enough to make his own decisions, is refusing a life-saving procedure for a serious, chronic illness. It is against his family’s religious values to proceed with this medical treatment. As a strict professional, Fiona interviews Adam in the hospital, and must rule. However, after further communication with him, she is torn about her relationship with him, her husband and her responsibilities inherent as a judge.
Once again, Ian McEwan leads us through a character’s inner life and struggles. Fiona comes to a multi-forked road in her life and is challenged to make difficult realizations and decisions.