A bit predictable with a bunch of unlikeables. An amazingly beautiful and charismatic woman dies of an unnamed disease that is so quick that she becomes almost immediately helpless and dependent on her pathetic, martyr husband. At her funeral her lovers sigh and remember her perfect moments - oh yes, and all through the novel as well. But alas, she has left behind some photos that are damning and can be used to totally thwart the evil and right-wing foreign secretary (who of course was also her lover)and can destroy his career. And so on and so forth. Not really that interesting, at least to me, and too neat of an ending for my taste.
Loved the film Atonement based on McEwan's book, so will read more of his work.