This is the story of a High Court Judge who deals with children’s cases. One such case is that of a 17-year old boy who is a Jehovah’s Witness and refuses medical treatment that could save his life. Meanwhile, she is also dealing with the crumbling of her marriage as her husband seeks to have an affair.
This book does deal with some tough decisions and topics, one, either has to enjoy Ian McEwan’s writing or not. Although, I enjoyed Atonement, this one; although remarkable was slow to get into and the characters were not ones that I could really care for.
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.