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
New to audiobooks I am now converted. I had found this book difficult to get into and the audio book was likewise slow at first. But the excellent narration grabbed me and I couldn't wait for my next commute for the next instalment on the train.
Eventually listened to the last 1.5 hours in bed, and re listened!
A THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND SHOCKING BOOK
"We need to talk about Kevin" is told through a series of letters Eva has written to her absent husband, Franklin. Most of the content concerns their teenage son, Kevin. Initially Eva is unsure about having a child, but her biological clock is ticking. When Kevin is is born there is no mother/baby bond and that nannies never seem to stick around. Kevin is a difficult child who takes pleasure from making other people miserable. He is sarcastic and sullen except with Franklin. Eva begins to suspect Kevin of comitting some truly dispicable acts. Is it her fault that he has turned into such a nasty piece of work? This is a disturbing and thought provoking book. Shriver is a wordy writer and her prose is elegant. Lorelei King narrates beautifully and brings Eva to life. Highly recommended.
Can't put it down...
Tried reading the book but never got round to it. Bought the audio book as on holiday and couldn't put it down! Highly recommend!!!