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Intriguing ideas and accomplished debut novel,
This review is from: The Amber Fury (Hardcover)
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This debut novel from Natalie Haynes is well told, intriguing and quite disturbing. Alex has moved back to Edinburgh to escape from a terrible personal tragedy. She is offered a job in a Pupil Referral Unit[PRU]and as she starts to build a rapport with one of the small groups of older students we are introduced to another voice through a diary written at her suggestion. There are three aspects to the way the story is told - Alex tells about meeting with police and lawyers about a future 'incident'; one of the students writes the diary about the class and their growing obsession with Alex; plus Alex also recalls the lessons from her point of view. If you don't like this mixture in narratives I feel the story is strong so you do follow the flow reasonably well despite the jumps. There are some very intriguing characters that ring true to me having worked in a PRU but the aspect that I particularly enjoyed, that added the extra dimension, was the twist of using the Greek tales. Alex comes from a dramatic background and she starts to look at some Greek tragedies with this group but do some of these ideas inspire dark thoughts?
Well written although the road geography of Edinburgh was sometimes a little unnecessary [!] but I did feel the writing created the atmosphere effectively and it was easy to visualise as a TV/Film production - if I had the money I'd be tempted to buy the film rights because I think it would be a great filmed thriller!!