Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Teaser Tuesday; The Child in Time by Ian McEwan

Now he was taking long strides, bawling her name as he pounded the length of an aisle and headed once more for the door. . . .  His fear was too evident, too forceful, it filled the impersonal, fluorescent space with an unignorable human warmth.

-- The Child in Time by Ian McEwan. This is the horrifying scene when the hero's three-year-old daughter is snatched from him in the grocery story.  That McEwan can get the reader through it without breaking down -- to get to the story of how the parents deal with their unimaginable grief -- proves what a marvelous writer he is.

The Child in Time won the 1987 Costa Book of the Year Award

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event. 


  1. Not sure warmth is what I feel, more like empathetic fear!

  2. I'm pretty sure I couldn't endure reading this!

  3. Wow, this sounds very intense! That description just gave me chills. Wonderful teaser!

    Here's my Teaser!

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

  4. Hi Gilion,

    Fantastic, chilling teaser lines, this sounds like an intense and emotional story.

    I am ashamed to say that I have never read any of Ian McEwan's work, despite his being one of the UK's most distinguished modern day authors. Perhaps this would be a good place to start.

    Thanks for sharing,



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