*** Shortlisted for the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award 2014 *** When you open up, who will you let in? Alex Morris has lost everything:her relationship, her career and her faith in the future.
Moving to Edinburgh to escape her demons, Alex takes a job teaching at a Pupil Referral Unit.
It's a place for kids whose behaviour is so extreme that they cannot be taught in a normal classroom.
Alex is fragile with grief and way out of her depth. Her fourth-year students are troubled and violent. In desperation to reach them, Alex turns to the stories she knows best.
Greek tragedy isn't the most obvious way to win over such damaged children, yet these tales of fate, family and vengeance speak directly to them. Enthralled by the bloodthirsty justice of the ancient world, the teenagers begin to weave the threads of their own tragedy - one that Alex watches, helpless to prevent.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 06/11/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781782392781
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Review by hubblegal
Excellent gripping tale that addresses the issues of dealing with grief, obsession and revenge. It's very well written and the progression of the story towards its not-too-surprising ending is well done. The books jumps back and forth in time, but not in a confusing way, so you know something about what's ahead but with enough not known that leaves it interesting.I enjoyed the Greek tragedy class being taught by this teacher almost as much as I did the story. Those Greek tragedies and this story are all woven together in a fascinating way. I admire the writer's accomplishment in interweaving this all together as she did.A very entertaining read!