Book Review: These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung

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Blurb from Goodreads:

At Windemere School for Girls, one of America’s elite private schools, Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry—and impressionable teenage girls—he operates in plain sight for years, until one of his former students goes public with allegations of inappropriate conduct. With the help of an investigative journalist, and two additional Windemere alumnae who had relationships with Copeland as students, the unlikely quartet unites to take him down.

Set in modern-day Los Angeles, These Violent Delights is a literary exploration of the unyielding pressures and vulnerabilities that so many women and girls experience, and analyzes the ways in which our institutions and families fail to protect or defend us. A suspenseful and nuanced story told from multiple points of view, the novel examines themes of sexuality, trauma, revenge, and the American myth of liberty and justice for all.

Review:

4 ⭐️ to this incredibly moving read.

I have to start out by saying that the cover of this book is gorgeous, and I’m sure it will look even better in person. That simple fact is what initially drew me to this book.

The subject matter of this book is incredibly relevant right now (#MeToo anyone?) and These Violent Delights gets straight to the point. The book focuses on 3 women that have had a relationship with a teacher at the private school that they went to, and one investigative reporter that is helping tell the world the story.

I don’t want to say too much because I think it is best to read this book for yourself, but abuse is something that really makes me angry and we need books like this one to “get the word out” so to speak. I think it is incredibly important that girls and women alike understand that it is SO important not to stay silent when you have been abused. So many women say nothing and live in hell for the rest of their lives thinking they somehow brought it upon themselves. I know it can happen to men and boys as well, but this book is definitely more focused towards the women. That is not to say this book is bashing men either, but rather making you aware of what it is like for women that get abused as children or as adults.

This book read like a nonfiction book for me which made it even more moving than it already was. There was also a bit of humor as well which was a nice respite from the heavy subject matter.

The only thing I did not like about this book (and why I couldn’t rate it past a 4) is because the dialogue in this book is incredibly confusing. I seem to be the only person that had an issue with this, but the way the author wrote the dialogue out made it very hard for me to understand who was speaking at times and it was very frustrating.

Other than that this book was hard-hitting, and the writing was easy for me to get into.

*This book is going to be published on 11/07/2017*

*Special thanks to NetGalley and Griffith Moon Publishing for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book. My review is completely honest and unbiased

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