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The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
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Mar 01, 12

Read in February, 2012

A couple in an unidentified (presumably, European) city go out looking for a late-night restaurant but, following a chance encounter with a stranger, they embark on a path that leads to a harrowing conclusion (the novel's title is deeply ironic unless your sense of comfort is antonymic). Not recommended for bedtime reading. This short (127 page) novel certainly doesn't rank with McEwan's best work, but his compelling writing is always worth a reader's time and attention.
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