Author: Susan Barker
Rating: 3 Stars
Review By: Shana
This is a hard review to write. The author is a master of evoking emotion and painting scenes, she uses words intricately without feeling pretentious or forced. But the subject matter is depressing, grim, and violent, and the book is peppered with sexual encounters that leave you feeling invaded and vulnerable.
I know that historically life was far more violent and sex was often linked to such violence, and that in many historical periods women were possessions. As such, I realize that this depiction is likely accurate, and so I can't say the author is gratuitous or needlessly puerile. I likewise understand that sex and power transactions are key to many historical periods. But still, I came to dread the next unequal or hostile sexual encounter.
My love of reading was sparked in 3rd grade by the promise of personal pan pizzas via the BOOK IT! Program. Hmmmm... any chance that someone might give adults free food for reading? Asking for a friend...