My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

£8.99

Bookseller Review by Rowena:

“A bold and brilliant debut novel dealing with a number of heavy issues in such a real, thought provoking, and readable way. Kate expertly portrays the vulnerability of young Vanessa and her struggles in later life accepting that she was ‘victim’ of sexual abuse at the age of only 15.

Although this book doesn’t hide it’s content, I do think it could be triggering for some due to the difficult and raw subject matter.”

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An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher

ALL HE DID WAS FALL IN LOVE WITH ME AND THE WORLD TURNED HIM INTO A MONSTER

Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher.

She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.

Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that.

Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.

Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues of our age.