An English couple on holiday encounter an unsettling stranger in Ian McEwan’s chilling psychological thriller about love, violence and obsession.

Colin and Mary, holidaying in a city very much like Venice, are not having a good time. Then they meet Robert, a seedy and somewhat sinister bar owner, and his wife - and find that the bizarre encounter energises their deteriorating marriage. A twisted relationship develops among these four characters in a situation of mounting horror, until the final, shocking dénouement.

The Booker Prize 1981
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Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

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Ian McEwan, born in Aldershot, England, is a critically acclaimed author and winner of the 1998 Booker Prize
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Other nominated books by Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach
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Black Dogs