The Wasp Factory; Iain Banks
Simon & Schuster - 1998
OMG what a disturbing and twisted story. It took me well over a week to read this book and it's just over 200 pages.
The story takes place on a small remote island off the coast of Scotland and it's told from the POV of a 16 year old psychopath named Frank Cauldhame. Frank had murdered 3 people by the age of 9 -- his younger brother and 2 young cousins and, he gets away with it as well.
Frank's father Angus is a brilliant oddball but, at least initially, he seems harmless. He home schools Frank. There is also older brother Eric who was locked up in an insane asylum but, as the story opens he had just escaped. It's a mystery as to why Eric had been confined there.
At times I felt like this might be a DNF for me but, in the end I was glad I saw how this bizarre story played out.