We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk about Kevin

Lionel Shriver

fiction literary thriller challenging dark tense slow-paced

432 pages | first published 2003

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Now a major motion picture by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly, Lionel Shriver's resonant story of a mother's unsettling quest to understand her teenage son's deadly violence, her own ambivalence toward motherhood, and the e...
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Summary of 7793 reviews

Moods

dark 96%
tense 65%
challenging 62%
emotional 53%
sad 48%
reflective 39%
mysterious 19%
adventurous 1%
informative 1%

Pace

slow 62%
medium 32%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 62% | A mix: 32% | Plot: 5%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 45% | Yes: 35% | No: 17%

Loveable characters?

No: 76% | It's complicated: 21% | Yes: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 81% | It's complicated: 6% | Yes: 6% | N/A: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 94% | It's complicated: 4%

Average rating

4.05

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