This was a difficult novel to rate. McEwan does a good job getting inside the psyche of his characters, but the overall tone of the boo was depressing and there was never any real buildup to anything. The story takes the reader through the mental health issues of multiple characters, but you never really learn to love - or for me even sympathize - with any of them. I think McEwan is an outstanding writer, but this novel just didn't do it for me. I rated three instead of two stars because of the writing.
Book: Sweet Tooth
Author: Ian McEwan
Genre: Spy Thriller/Fiction/Romance
Summary: Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England's legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named "Sweet Tooth". Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one. - Anchor Books Random House, 2012.