The central question of this book is “how would you react if a loved one was accused of a horrific thing”?! I was in the mood for some adult fiction and so I picked this one up for Indigo’s Book Club this month. Here’s a bit about it!
George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?
With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.
Zoe Whittal is such a great writer! She captures the emotion and complexity of people perfectly. She works in tones of grey when it comes to black and white problems and that is what drew me into this book! It scared me a bit however because it makes you question “how do you really know the inner thoughts of those around you?” The answer is you don’t, you have to trust them. Each character in this book had layers and layers to them. I was impressed with the way the author pin pointed into the raw emotions of each character to bring out their decisions.
As for the plot, the entire book I kept thinking “but did he do it? Is he guilty?” which is what ultimately kept me reading. If you’re looking for a thought provoking book I highly recommend this one! It was a great read and it gave me goosebumps all along the way.
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Page count – 404 pages
Rating – 3.5 stars