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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell


I am blown away by the powerful nature of this novel, My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. It's a haunting and powerful work of fiction that captures the zeitgeist of our contemporary realities of the #MeToo movement; looking at the complexities and emotional repercussions of a love affair between a schoolgirl and her teacher.

In a narrative that oscillates between past and present, we are witnesses to a relationshop that is obsessive, consuming, and addictive. There are so many view and divisions of this story that on the last page you will sit and reflect on what you've just read - it is engrossing, urgent, and strongly provocative in its portrayal of one of the burning issues we face today.

This is a story about a victim who doesn't know she is a victim. This is a book that is guaranteed to remain with you long after you have put it down. - Kalli