Book Review: The Comfort of Strangers

Morning Reads


As their holiday unfolds, Colin and Maria are locked into their own intimacy. They groom themselves meticulously, as though there waits someone who cares deeply about how they appear. Then they meet a man with a disturbing story to tell and become drawn into a fantasy of violence and obsession.


I’ve heard many great things about McEwan, so when I saw a few of his novels, this one captured my interest however I was not fully satisfied. 

A lot of people have commented how this novel contains physiological elements however I have found it to be a drag at times. This novel is focused on a couple, Colin and Mary. An English couple away on a vacation. At first, it took me a while to get into it as the story can be quite repetitive with the introduction of the strangers. After a few days in the beautiful Venice, this couple has went from becoming sick of each other to falling in love again. 

I am still trying to understand how this novel is so dark. Yes, this couple is unhappy until a random encounter with odd Robert at first along with his darling wife Caroline. Even though the characters annoyed me at the beginning, the way it is written captivated me to continue reading to find out what happens despite the plot. Yes, it is dark at times but I would not say it would be amongst the darkest of books (compared to the Flowers in the Attic series, Forbidden – those type of novels). I’m not too sure what to think of this author at this point in time. However Sweet Tooth looks intriguing so I cannot wait to read this next month. 

3/5 Stars

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s