The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

The Fifth Child

Doris Lessing

fiction classics horror dark medium-paced

133 pages | first published 1988

Description

Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of d...
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Moods

dark 95%
tense 52%
sad 47%
mysterious 38%
emotional 28%
challenging 23%
reflective 23%
adventurous 4%

Pace

fast 42%
medium 38%
slow 19%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 73% | A mix: 20% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | No: 37% | It's complicated: 12%

Loveable characters?

No: 58% | It's complicated: 35% | Yes: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 76% | It's complicated: 17% | Yes: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 6%

Average rating

3.48