Home > Books > Fiction > Historical Fiction Books > W Historical Fiction Books > We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

Community images

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

Reviews - We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

Fiction - Historical Fiction - ISBN: 1852428899, 1582433178, 1582432686, 1582432678, 006072448X

> Show product information

Characters
How does it compare ...
How does it compare ...
Readability
Story
Filter by
Review type
  • standard reviews (23)
Product rating
  • (18)
  • (4)
  • (1)
Sort by Helpfulness
  • Helpfulness
  • Product rating
  • Date

Good

Compelling, gripping, haunting, etc

Lots of talk but not much insight, pointlessly obs...

We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver has been described as a psychological thriller, a philosophical investigation, a psycho-horror, a compelling drama, a moral tale, an American family nightmare, and a study of the age-old themes of nature versus nurture, mother-child relationships and...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“I Need To Talk About Kevin”

published 21/10/2007

Elegantly written, Well researched, Gets you think...

Not a light read - can be heartbreaking and bleak ...

"We Need To Talk About Kevin" Lionel Shriver £9.99 Serpent's Tail paperback, 400 pages "We need to talk about Kevin" by Lionel Shriver, winner of the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction, has to be one of the best - and most provocative - books I have read in years. It is both a literary feat and an...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

Great structure and characterisation, particularly...

May be too dark for some.

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a dark, disturbing yet thoroughly engrossing novel from American novelist Lionel Shriver, playing on her favourite themes of maternal ambivalence, family violence and internal strife in a psychological indictment of modern day society. Many of Shriver’s novels...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“Everyone Needs to Talk”

published 18/09/2009

You'll never predic the end

The subject matter is harrowing

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver was a book that for some reason always caught my eye. Maybe it’s the striking front cover of a small boy staring endlessly out at you or maybe it was just the fact that so many people ad said so many positive things about it. Either way I knew that I...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

Gripping writing of a subject that hits close to h...

Haunting

Originally published in the US in 2003, Lionel Shriver's novel "We Need to Talk About Kevin" received huge critical acclaim and was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005. My copy of the book was published in 2006 here in the UK. Somehow I missed most of the fuss over the novel and picked...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Super

thought provoking, interesting read, engrossing

story quite grim and chilling

I remember trying to read ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ several years ago but I found it very difficult to get into and gave up after a few chapters. With the recent movie release my sisters, who have both read the book, wanted to go to the cinema to watch this. I don’t like watching films based...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

Will make you think and talk and talk some more

Isn't the easiest read in the world

I debated writing this review as there is already 22 already and i wasn't sure what i could add but as 'We need to talk about Kevin' i thought i might as well join in. Firstly, a disclaimer, it isn't possible for me to discuss the novel without mentioning what 'the incident' is. It's mentioned in...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“We Need To Talk About Kevin”

published 10/04/2012

Well written, fast paced, good plot

None!

I read We Need To Talk About Kevin on the recommendation of a friend, and thought that it might not be that great a book as I had read previous works by Lionel Shriver like the Post Birthday World and couldn't stand them. But seeing as We Need To Talk About Kevin had got so many reviews about...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Super

“We Need to Talk About Kevin”

published 10/03/2010

None

None

"It's nearly midnight. Are you coming to bed soon?" asked my wife, I looked up from the book and showed her that there were only a few pages left…fifty to be exact, "I want to finish this…I won't be long." The final few chapters of book can feel as though you are running through mud wearing flip...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Super

“What Kevin Wants”

published 06/01/2007

Original topic for a novel

Hard going in some earlier parts, tendancy to ramb...

With this book, the American author won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005. Shriver changed her name from Margaret Ann to Lionel as a teenager, as she believed men had it easier. This was also selected to be part of Richard & Judy's Summer Reads for 2005, and was featured on the BBC's Page...

> Read review

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

Original format. Fascinating story.

Sombre topic that may not be to everybodies taste.

I love reading and find myself becoming deeply engrossed in the books I read. None more so than Lionel Shriver's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'. It is one of my favourite novels, which might be difficult to understand given the topic, and I have reread it several times. ***Synopsis*** Kevin...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability
How does it compare to similar books?

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

A brave and contraversial book, well written, com...

None.

'We need to talk about Kevin' written by Lionel Shriver* is wonderful and controversial book which was published in 2003 and which subsequently won the Orange Prize for fiction in 2005, a prize a feel in deserves. The book tells the story of Kevin Katchadourian, told from the perspective of his...

> Read review

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

“We Need to Talk About Kevin”

published 23/08/2006

Fantastic read, really makes you think!

Disturbing, distressing, chilling

From the back of the book…"Shortly before his sixteenth birthday, Kevin Khatchadourian kills seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher. He is visiting in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, her account...

> Read review

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

powerful, gripping, intensely thought-provoking

quotes and reading group questions contain possibl...

I recently finished We Need to Talk About Kevin, and promptly realised that I wanted to read the whole thing again. It is a psychological/philosophical thriller written by Lionel Shriver, and written exquisitely, in the format of letters from Kevin's mother, Eva, to his father, Franklin. Kevin is...

> Read review

Would you read it again?
Story
Characters
Readability

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Excellent

chilling,disturbing,hard to put down

questions at back of book may give away clues to t...

We need to talk about Kevin is one of those novels that really gets you thinking about the whole nature verses nurture debate and has had bookclubs talking all across the globe!!Some have described it as one of the most disturbing novels they have ever read in the same way that the exorcist was...

> Read review

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

1 2