I have read many Ian McEwan books but if you are someone who hasn’t read him before I would suggest that you don’t start with this one as it would disappoint you. I have enjoyed his other books but this one was a bit of a let down. I had expected it to be as interesting as previous books but I felt that it got a bit bogged down in parts. Having said that it was still worth the read.
From the jacket:
Britain, 1972. Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services in her final year at Cambridge. The cultural cold war continues and the country is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism. Serena is sent on a “secret mission” which brings her into the literary world of Tome Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man, Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? To answer this question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage. . . . Trust no one.
The blurb on the jacket makes it sound far more exciting than it actually is. Not one I would rush out to buy. You can find some reviews here.