Title: We Need to Talk About Kevin
Author: Lionel Shriver
Published: July 2006
Summary: This is the story told from the perspective of Eva as she explores motherhood and marriage all set against the landscape of her son’s horrific role in a school massacre.
Why I Am Recommending: I was terrified to read this book, which I did due to a graduate class assignment. Although I found this to be a dark novel, it was an interesting dive into the deepest and darkest parts of a person’s psyche. It felt like you were inside of Eva’s head just as if you were in your own with no filter for what is right or wrong. Eva’s doubts and relationship challenges are ones that any person can understand. It is also an interesting study on the way a person who commits a mass murder may have developed. I don’t know that I spent much time considering the childhood and life of a person before they commit the heinous act, but it was fascinating. This book is not for the feint of heart, so proceed with caution, but know that it is an exceptionally well-written and developed story.