September 3, 2009

Review of: Testimony

Author: Anita Shreve
ISBN: 9780316067348
Pages: 336
Published by: Back Bay Books (May 2009) - this ISBN
Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Grade: B/B-

While I liked Testimony, it was a bit disturbing at times. Set in a Vermont private school. The 'incident' happened during the typically boring winter months. The decisions and actions of 4 students forever change their lives and the lives of many around them.

I think Anita Shreve is a great writer. I was just caught off guard by some of the things that happen; these made it a difficult read for me personally. I don't feel like I can say anymore without giving away key plot points. If you would like to talk about this book privately, then please email me - kylee.journal AT
At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal--that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.
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