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1.0 out of 5 stars
HUGE PLOT HOLES, 21 Oct. 2013
A very intense book, without the gaping plot holes it would have probably been a good read.
However, the courtroom case was unbelievable - A teacher sleeping with two students under the age of 16 would have been considered rape thus the girls being the victims - however in the book it is the teacher who is shown to be the victim in the courtroom as people believed that the girls "seduced" him - I'm sorry but even if the girls had tried to seduce him, he was the adult and shouldn't have been sleeping with them in the first place. Also would the hospital not have records of the times when the girls were brought in that could have been used as evidence?
Secondly, at the end of the book Poppy said that she received letters from girls who also fell victim to the mental, emotional and physical abuse from Marcus. Where were these girls at the trial? They said in their letters that if they were in Poppy's position they would have done the same thing, so why didn't they come and stick up for her?
Also, the wife had clearly caught Marcus sleeping with one of his students due to the answerphone message she left on his machine ( "find another 15 year old girls virginity to steel") - why was he allowed to continue working as a teacher? Surely she would have alerted the authorities of the incident and had him fired?
Furthermore - both Poppy and Serena had to go to hospital after being beaten up by Marcus, how did their parents not notice?
There were also annoying subplots that were never fully developed - for instance when Serena's sister got upset because she wanted a baby and that her partner wouldn't marry her - seemed pointless to include when it was never referred back to once it had been mentioned.
I also didn't really understand Poppy and Serena's relationship - how they hated each other and not the man that was abusing them. I get that they were being portrayed as young naive girls, but with them having no one to talk to Marcus about (they couldn't tell their parents, siblings and had no friends because of him) - I feel it would be more likely for them to turn to each other for support as opposed to hating each other.
I also guessed the twist at the end, and was disappointed.