Cecilia is obsessively in love with her teacher, the older, married Mr. Dahl. She plots and speculates, yet she never guesses that what she dreams of could actually happen.
Is it her imagination, or is the high-minded Mr. Dahl responding to her? Cecilia's mother Dora wants the good life. She and her husband moved to Dartmoor so their children could run wild, free to make their own choices and mistakes.
But Dora discovers that there is more to the countryside idyll, and indeed to her own marriage, than she assumed, when she finds herself fascinated by the very last, the very worst person she could fall for: the elegant and dangerous Elisabeth Dahl. Now, after twenty years, Cecilia is coming home, to face Dora, and to face her past.
But the excitement and pain she had thought were buried cannot be buried.
The past is a dangerous place. You, the unnerving and exceptional new novel from Joanna Briscoe, is a stunning story of sex, memory and family lies.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 04/07/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747598992
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Review by nicx27
This is the story of Cecilia, a woman who has moved back to her family home in a rural part of Devon with her partner and three daughters. It's also the story of her mother, Dora, who is recovering from a serious illness, prompting Cecilia's return home.The first half of the book has alternating chapters in the past and the present. Cecilia's past is linked with that of her former teacher, Mr Dahl, who she developed schoolgirl feelings for 20 years earlier. Dora's past is linked with Mr Dahl's wife, Elisabeth,for whom she also developed feelings. The second half concentrates mainly on the present, but with the truth slowly coming out about the past.You is a very difficult book to rate and review for me. I didn't much like Sleep With Me by the same author, and so I wasn't sure whether I would like this one at all. I found that I did like it but that somewhere along the way there was something lacking, something not quite drawing me into the story enough. I preferred the second half when the story was set in the present day, as this had more suspense in it, and was more about finding out the truth about certain things that happened.I certainly found it a readable book and never felt like I didn't want to finish it, it's just that it didn't totally grab me. I would still recommend it to people who like contemporary fiction.