Testimony by Anita Shreve: Review

Sunday, May 24, 2009 Posted by Dina N

Testimony is the latest book by Anita Shreve, author of many bestselling novels, such as The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife. The book centers around a sex scandal in an exclusive New England private school. Like a stone thrown in a placid lake, the incident affects many lives.

Testimony is an engrossing read, similarly to a detective story or a thriller, although the scandalous event is revealed at the very beginning of the book. The author introduces the voices of many people, both participants and observers, each adding a different nuance to the narrative. It seems as if the reader is peeling a layer after layer, as yet another veil is removed and we learn more about the events before and after the scandal. The incident which sounds initially straightforward is not as simple as it seems. Ms. Shreve, a master storyteller, makes the reader a witness and a juror, leading us to question our perceptions of the blame and the morality of all players in this drama.

Testimony reminds us how small actions can have far-reaching results and one misstep can ruin many lifes, forever changing the world of those affected. I highly recommend this book - it is engaging and impossible to put down. You can buy Testimony at booksellers nationwide, or enter to win one of five copies!

I would like to thank Hachette Book Group for this review opportunity.

1 comments:

  1. Anonymous said...

    I'm going to disagree, and say that this book wasn't very impressive. It was hard to jump from the POV of the protagonist, to a parent of a student. The fact that Anita doesn't use punctuation like quotation marks made it even more difficult.
    At best, mediocre.

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