The story centres on a disturbing correspondence between the narrator, a middle-aged killer serving his twenty-third year in prison; and his slang-speaking, sweet-seeming admirer, a nineteen-year-old girl intent on seducing a young neighbourhood boy.
Slowly, through these letters, the narrator's dangerous character emerges.
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By Angela on 30-05-17
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This is an incredibly graphic and disturbing book.
Written from the POV of a paedophile imprisoned, it describes the historical events that led to his capture and the depraved acts he did 23 years previously, as well as detailing the oddly grooming-esque relationship he has developed with a young woman via mail who is he helping seduce a young boy.
Although despondent about past activities, there is certainly no guilt or even shame at what he has done, which is what makes this book all the more sinister. Similarly, there is no guilt or shame from his female pen-pal who seduces a 12 year old boy. Both lots of stories are narrated by him, and both lack such utter conviction that they both do not see anything wrong with their behaviour.
It's this lack of emotional depth which makes this book as vivid and menacing as it is.
It's certainly not comfortable reading, and I would be loath to recommend it to anyone due to how graphic and appalling a lot of it is. However, that is not to say that this is a badly written book, because it certainly isn't. Any author who can illicit such strong reactions with a work of ficion has surely achieved something outstanding.
Jeff Harding does a great job narrating this book. It really couldn't have been easy, given the content.
Proceed to read this book with caution.
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