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I picked up this book because I was in the mood for a bit of fluff reading – boy did I picked the wrong book. In saying that, I discovered an unexpected gem.

The story, set around an international school in Paris, is focused around the school’s most popular teacher Will Silver and his fall from grace. The story is told from three different perspectives several years down the track – Will’s and that of two of his young students, Gilad and Marie.

At the beginning of the novel we are introduced to Will – the inspirational, young and down to earth teacher who his students look up to as a strong leader who uplifts them and fills them with self-belief. Through all three perspectives, this description of Will does not vary.

However, as you get further in to the story Silver’s decline becomes inevitable. He embarks on an inappropriate sexual affair with Marie – whether he is seduced by her, or he takes advantage of her insecurities is up to your own interpretation – and is caught in a uncharictaristically cowardly moment by Gilad.

At some stages I was wishing for the relationship between Silver and Marie to work out. It is described by her as a very loving and tender turn of events – however, as outside opinions about her gossiping and ‘craziness’ start to creep in here and there, you will start to doubt her view of the story.

A serious of events make Will’s status of the hero fade more and more but he refuses to apologise for his actions until the very end…

This one is well worth a read.

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