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The Ancient Greeks had all the stories,
This review is from: The Amber Fury (Hardcover)
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Natalie Haynes' first novel about a troubled woman becoming a drama therapist to troubled kids in a Pupil Referral Unit wasn't what I expected at all - it was way better. Right from the start we know that Alex, the teacher had lost her fiancee when he was stabbed trying to stop a fight and that she fled from her old life in London as an up and coming theatre director to take this teaching job in Edinburgh to help her get over it. However, we know there's something else going on stemming from that act of violence, and ere long we think that it involves the kids - but despite the story being mostly told from Alex's PoV in hindsight, it's wonderfully twisted and when we finally find out what happened and who was involved - well I was surprised.
The suspense build-up was tremendously well done, and I loved the way the author wove in all the elements of Greek tragedy into the story, reminding me of all those stories I'd long-forgotten. Highly recommended.