Book Review

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks is a weirdly compelling psychological masterpiece.
I continue to save my five stars, but only just with this one.
I first read this excellent book over a year ago, following several others by the same author, which I enjoyed enormously.
Frank, a teenager, lives on an isolated Scottish island with his father. A clearly very disturbed youngster, he is anticipating the arrival of an even more disturbed older brother who has escaped from a secure hospital.
Horror is, to some extent, balanced with very dark humour, and is never gratuitous or gory. I can’t recommend this book highly enough but it is not for the squeamish.