Upmarket schlock- mistress Anita Shreve opens her latest novel with some graphic teenage experimentation. Four high-school students are caught on film engaged in various sexual acts. Lives are ruined and marriages fall apart when the tape falls into the hands of Mike, the headmaster of their prestigious Vermont academy.
Reworking the incident's history, the novel segues between the testimonies of all involved - parents, ne'er-do wells, detectives. Too many viewpoints interrupt Shreve's narrative, but her storytelling is slick. Playing with our expectations of victimhood, she seeks to wrong-foot readers at every turn.
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