Monday, 26 August 2013

Panopticon - Jenni Fagan

A product of the system Anais Hendricks is placed in Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders.
This is an excellent book demonstrating the innocence and naivety that manages to place a tentative hold on a soul that should really have been battered into submission by it's mistreatment.
Anais' back story is stated almost dispassionately allowing current events to glare sharply proud of their backdrop.
One of the most harrowing scenes I've read in a long time is in the book - not because it's gorily descriptive, but because the character of Anais has been so artfully described that the scene shocks.
Masterfully crafted book from a debut author.

Publisher - Windmill

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