Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher, shortly before his sixteenth birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother. Once Kevin is born, she experiences extreme alienation and dislike of Kevin as he grows up to become a spiteful and cruel child. When Kevin commits his murderous act, Eva fears that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become. But how much is she to blame?
(p) 2006 Orion Publishing Group
An incredibly frank account of the more taboo facets of motherhood and the struggles to maintain the veneer of ‘happy family’ even when your gut senses the sinister. I found myself nodding at times and horror struck at other moments however the tears of grief that I shed were pure empathy for the protagonist. A fascinating and riveting audiobook
Possibly one of the best books I've ever read - listening to it as an audio adds another dimension to the story, as it is written in letters, from Eva to her husband Franklyn. Having "Eva" appear to read these letters aloud made it really amazing. The subject matter is dark, and it is disturbing - but it is so beautifully and eloquently written, that every time I put it down all I could think about was when I could pick it up again. This book is completely and utterly all-absorbing.
Not bad: the movie is better, although I rarely say that. The movie had none of the pretension: but I'm not sure if the author is pretentious, or if the author is writing about an character that is pretentious in their use of language. Regardless, the language made me cringe sometimes in its whining arrogance.