The Comfort of Strangers - Ian McEwan I "discovered" Ian McEwan a few years ago. From my reading I think that you can draw a dividing line through his works. The latter works are literary and refined and seem to me to be character studies that dwell on the inner thoughts and (abnormal) psychology of the characters. On Chesil Beach and Solar are good examples. Prior to that, he wrote short, dark, disturbing novels in which, even though you could tell where the story was going, you couldn't look away. I am thinking of Enduring Love, Amsterdam, and the classic The Cement Garden. The Comfort of Strangers clearly falls into the this latter category and I really enjoyed it.