I can definitely appreciate the quality of writing in The Cement Garden, Ian McEwan's first novel. It is intense, interesting, and I found that I could not put the book down once I got to the middle of the book. It is also an incredibly sad story and I wished that I had not read parts of it.
The story is about 4 children ranging in age from 4 to 17. Their mother dies and they are left on their own. They fear foster care, so they inter their mother in their basement and go about attempting to live on their own without an adult. The story is just so sad.
As a parent, I really felt so bad for the children and that poor little 4 year old crying for his mama. It really made me think about some of the things I fear the most.
All in all, an excellent book, but I'm not really that glad that I read it.