Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Recommendation: 'I swear’ by Lane Davis

I swear by Lane Davis

Pushed beyond breaking point, Leslie Gaitlin decides suicide is her only option and ends her life in the garage of her family home.  It is a final decision that will have repercussions for people around her – her family, her former friends, and the people who made her life miserable.  At the top of the list is Queen Bee Macie Merricks, who made Leslie the object of her undivided attention, all because the boy Macie wanted was more interested in Leslie than in her.  Macie is poised, in control, and certain that she has nothing to fear – until Leslie’s family decides to sue over her death and she starts to lose control.  Told from alternating perspectives, you live the case through the eyes of the people who destroyed Leslie’s life, and the reasons are not what you might expect, as Macie is a petty tyrant who controls the people around her through fear and manipulation. 

This is a powerful and memorable read; one that leaves you something of an emotional wreck at the end.  The voices of the characters are amazing, each one clear and distinct from the rest.  As the story unfolds you learn their dreams, their fears, and gain a better understanding of how things can grow out of control and out of proportion – how a single powerful bully can provide the motivation for bystanders to become involved in the bullying.  This is not an easy read, but it is a thoroughly engrossing read that I didn’t want to stop reading until I had reached the stunning conclusion.

Reviewed by Em

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