This was not an easy book to read. It is in three parts, of which I found the first to be the most difficult to get through. By difficult I mean slow, detailed, and plodding. There is very little dialogue throughout the book. Most of the writing consists of the characters' inward thoughts and feelings.
It is a story about Briony, who at 13 years old accuses a family friend of a horrible crime. This occurs in Part 1, which takes up half the book. The aftermath of that accusation, along with the characters' involvement in World War II make up Parts 2 and 3. I don't like reading about war, but I actually liked this part of the book the most. That was a surprise to me. By the end, Briony is 77 and reflecting on her life events and how they have affected her family.
Overall, I didn't enjoy this book very much, but I am glad I read it. I'll probably read at least one more book by this author before passing a final judgment.
2002, 351 pp.
NBCC - 2002