oh I enjoyed Kevin. Clearly "enjoyed" is to be redefined for the purpose of this post. What was poor about it was that he had NO redeeming qualities, but I thought she handled the "twists" well (admittedly, I'm a sucker who never sees anything coming and am ripe for author manipulation) and liked the idea of exploring a monstrous child who has no back-catalogue of reasons for why he did what he did (read it about 5 years ago so might have forgotten the finer points. If I can forget Keith's name within about 10 minutes, then there is a good chance that finer points are well lost).
Ah now, see, I am totally the opposite. About 3 chapters in, I am thinking, 'where is this husband now, then?' and then when the daughter is introduced I'm thinking, 'wonder what he does to her?' No redeeming features? Well, I think he was probably gorgeous-looking - there is a reference somewhere to 'dusty Armenian looks' or similar. A beautiful villain! It is a challenging book because it makes you look at your own parenting, I think. Don't you ever think you might have bred a monster - when they defy you or are cheeky or rude? How much is it the mother, how much the father, how much the genes? Fascinating and unresolved.
My kids have been humming the latest offering from Lady Ga Ga today. Now surely there can be no more irritating ditty to have going through the head than that piece of, well, music it is not - noise?
OT, but as it's my T to be O, I think that's OK?