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This is a classy psychological thriller. A woman with a melancholy past arrives in a school for troubled teenagers and begins teaching drama with a focus on Ancient Greek tragedies. As the story unfolds we learn that these archaic stories are still a powerful insight into the human psyche and the class discussions have a profound and unexpected impact on the children. This packs a real emotional punch as the background of what happened to the teacher's boyfrend is slowly revealed and her inner fury is something we can all share with a passion. This builds into a tense drama and the denouement is clever and thoroughly satisfying.
It is not often that a novel can awaken an interest into an area I had not really looked into before but I now find I have a genuine desire to find out more about Ancient Greek drama. I understand this is a real passion of this book's author so she has clearly been successful in transferring her enthusiasm. This is a highly recommended listen.
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