When Alex Morris loses her fiancé in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex accepts a job at a special school, commonly referred to as 'The Unit' - it takes on the students expelled from other schools in the city.
These are troubled, difficult young people and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on. There is one class - a group of five teenagers - who are particularly intimidating. However, with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. But one of her students is learning more than Alex ever intended to teach.
Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, Alex even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her. The Amber Fury is a beautifully constructed psychological pause resister. It is a dark mystery of a novel about loss, obsession, and the deep and abiding human need to connect.
©2014 Natalie Haynes (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Will read anything within reason.
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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