Sep 27, 2014

The Amber Fury by Nathalie Haynes

When you open up, who will you let in?
When Alex Morris loses her fiancé in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she's taken on.
There is one class - a group of five teenagers - who intimidate Alex and every other teacher on The Unit. But with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, she even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her...


Alex needs a new start. She moves from London to Edinburgh, because she's heartbroken. Her fiancé died in a terrible way and she has to learn how to live with the grief. Her friend Robert has offered her a teaching job. As a former director of plays she hasn't got much teaching experience, but as she could use a distraction she's giving it a try. The Pupil Referral Unit, or the Unit, is a school for troubled children. Working with difficult teenagers could be a challenge, but there's one class in particular that's exceptionally hard to teach. Alex tries to get them to read plays. She discusses Greek tragedies with the children. She has a bit of success with them which is great at first. The question is if it stays like that or if the children will now create problems in a different kind of way? The children definitely bring more trouble than she's bargained for.
The reader knows something has happened with Alex and her pupils and I wanted to find out what as soon as I could. The Amber Fury fascinated me from beginning to end. Alex is a sad woman, but there's also some hope. She has a strong personality and she's so smart and kind. I wanted to find out what happened to her in London as well. This is a book filled with mysteries and I couldn't wait to see them unravelled. The best part of the story for me was the dialogue Alex had with her pupils about the Greek tragedies. Seeing problems from many different angles made it really interesting and it looked so realistic. It was almost like I was back at school again, Alex got me thinking and I tried to form my own opinions about the questions she raised. The Amber Fury is magnificent, it's such a great book! I enjoyed it very much and am happy that I had the chance to read it.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds really interesting and a different read. Another great review. X


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