Putney by Sofka Zinovieff

Well, this was a book that certainly caught me off guard!

This novel is a collision between the obvious Lolita narrative, the bohemian childhood captured in The Strays by Emily Bitto, and a surprise thriller in a #metoo context. Quite the combination!

We follow three characters and their perspectives looking back on a childhood encounter that changed all of their lives. While the three are pitched at indicating a victim, a perpetrator, and a witness perspective, I felt like these lines blurred as the novel progressed.

For those who might be deterred by the Lolita comparisons, I actually felt like this was a much more empowering perspective on the issues that novel evokes. Certainly this was helped by the multiple perspectives this is told from.

This is so well written and a compelling page turner, definitely have a read when it comes out on 18 August 2018. Thanks to Harper Books for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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