Finished reading this today. I thought it was very well written, with excellent characterizations, and an absorbing story about the agonies when a young couple loses a daughter by abduction. Having two young daughters myself, I can't imagine how horrific this experience would be. I thought McEwan did an excellent job of telling this story and how the parents tried to cope with the situation. The story is sometimes a little disconcerting by going to stories in the past relating to the husband's parents and early experiences. Overall though, McEwan does an excellent job of handling the experiences in a sensitive and caring way. I also thought the ending was very appropriate.