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Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2020
I found this a haunting and unsettling book. The story of Vanessa Wye weaves back and forth in time. From 2001, when she was 15 than fast forward to 2017, where she is an aimless and lonely adult. Vanessa is groomed by her English teacher, Jacob Strane, while a 15 year old scholarship student at a Maine boarding school. Strane is the worst kind of predator. He effectively destroys Vanessa on so many levels . She never recovers from the abuse, and her worldview is forever tainted, tilted and damaged
I also wonder if authors these days realize that conservatives buy books. Conservative minded people read books. This novel was peppered with snarky comments. "conservative trolls".... "We laugh along with Jon Stewart, cringe when George W Bush comes on-screen" "I can't believe he stole the election" I say. "They all steal elections", Mom says "It's just not so bad when a Democrat does it" Really? There was much more of these type of exchanges that added little value to the book.