McEwan said that he chose to write about the law and a Judge's life because it seemed that "all life was found there". Sure enough there are religious, philosophical and moral decisions to be made, interesting relationships break down and are built up, and we follow the judge's life in a well-crafted page turner. I'm a real McEwan fan and this didn't let me down. I read it in one sitting, moving from hospital ward to court room and following the tension-filled plot with real interest. An adult, mature and gripping novel.