I now understand her references to McEwan's post-modernist tricks and the like, but I am still dumbfounded that she has trashed Sweet Tooth to such a degree. Corrigan comes across as a feminist who is outraged that McEwan would dare knock that huge chip from her shoulder. She is angry because the novel's main character is a woman whom McEwan seems to be ridiculing because of the character's low-brow reading tastes - because, according to Corrigan, McEwan is, in fact, ridiculing all female readers. Corrigan knows, however, that this is not reason enough to condemn the novel - she has to offer more. So she claims to have the ability to read McEwan's mind, telling her listeners that he is displaying his contempt for all female readers - or for anyone that enjoys fiction, the very genre McEwan has made his life's work.
First, she calls Sweet Tooth "ingenious" and says she "admired" it. Then she decides she "hates it" because it is like reading the "equivalent of a snuff film." Frankly, I suspect that Corrigan had her mind made up about Sweet Tooth long before she got to the book's final chapter in which McEwan uses the post-modernist trick she claims most irritates her. (It is, I admit, an effective twist that might very well test the patience of some readers.)
Interesting review - I loved it before I decided to hate it because it is the nearest thing to a snuff film that I have ever seen in a book review. Here is a link to NPR review. If you read Sweet Tooth, let me know if the reveiw makes any sense to you.