30 day book challenge: Day 21

Day 21. The most disturbing book you’ve ever read.

Without hesitation this dubious honour goes to The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan.

I read this book years ago, but it still sprung to mind immediately when I saw this prompt. The most disturbing book I’ve read as an adult, hands down, is about a family and how they get through a terrible crisis in a terrible way. I’m not going to give any spoilers, you can read those elsewhere. In the words the narrator: “At the back of my mind I had a sense of us sitting about waiting for some terrible event, and then I would remember that it had already happened.”

I want to say I didn’t like the book, but I do appreciate it is well written, just a bit too close to chillingly nasty for me. Actually, I think disturbing is the perfect adjective for it.

As a child, a worse book I once borrowed from the library had to be taken away and hidden from me because it freaked me out so much. Now that is truly disturbing! So disturbing I can’t bring myself to write about it (sorry).

Also, I remember at high school being completely unable to sleep after reading Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club, so I suppose you could say I am easily disturbed by certain things.

For nicer topics, such as books people regret not reading sooner, go check out Me, Bookshelf and I’s challenge.

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