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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
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Feb 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

A terrific novel, macabre, intense, and genuinely disturbing. Banks takes you convincingly inside the head of an utterly amoral sixteen-year-old boy living nearly alone on an isolated island off the coast of Scotland, awaiting the return of his brother, who has escaped from a mental institution. It reads like an exceptionally intelligent and unblinking thriller, but is most definitely not for the squeamish.

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