“I realize it's commonplace for parents to say to their child sternly, 'I love you, but I don't always like you.' But what kind of love is that? It seems to me that comes down to, 'I'm not oblivious to you - that is, you can still hurt my feelings - but I can't stand having you around.' Who wants to be loved like that? Given a choice, I might skip the deep blood tie and settle for being liked. I wonder if wouldn't have been more moved if my own mother had taken me in her arms and said, 'I like you.' I wonder if just enjoying your kid's company isn't more important.”
― Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver, published by Serpent's Tail.
I got the book once it came out with a punch of other books, I didn't hear about it before then.
The novel, Shriver's seventh, won the 2005 Orange Prize, a U.K.-based prize for female authors of any country writing in English. In 2011 the novel was adapted into a film
The book addresses a quite interesting taboo subject. what will happen if my son is a total sociopath nutcase ! can I still love him !
The book is a thriller fiction about dysfunctional little family, the whole story is being told from the murderer's mother perspective, it was quite interesting for me. when I hear about Eric and Dylan, Jeffery Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy I always want to hear from the mother, what tendencies and obsessions did they have at an early age , was she able to see it ?!
The book is written from the mother point of view. as a letters from the mother to the estranged father following the school massacre, the letters contains the mother relationship with the father, and the bizarre, highly dysfunctional relationship between Eva and Kevin, including physical violence accident.
Eva was a well developed character, credible and easy to relate to... but Kevin was quite bit unbelievable character, he was one-dimensional evil character without any apparent depth into it.
Eva was in denial regarding her son's sociopathic behavior, he had no regards to his family well being or friends , no sense of guilt, empathy, no sense of moral consequences ,and he was obviously mimicking a fake sense of guilt in front of his mother.
My rating is 3/4 , I definitely recommend the book for every one who enjoys Thriller fiction.