BOOK: The Swallows⠀
AUTHOR: Lisa Lutz⠀
Revenge. Secrets. Lies. Hidden Identities. High School.⠀
Told from different points of view, The Swallows tells of the sordid perversion of how men use women for pleasure and entertainment. But to be fair, the way this story is told doesn’t feel dirty. There is a sense of the audience coming aware, almost as if their innocence is breaking along with the characters as they find the truth. ⠀
Ok maybe this is too deep. Let me get to the crux of it. The boys of Stonebridge prep have been talking about their sexual encounters in hidden corners of the school message board. But even deeper than that in the deepest part, an elite group is grading each encounter (a specific one I won’t mention here by name), for the Dulcinea award. Ms. Witt joins the school as a creative writing teacher and learns what is happening. However, the elite are willing to do anything to keep the secret, and have to a handful of previous teachers. Will the girls who are unwittingly participating rise up? Which teachers are in on the coverup? ⠀
To be honest, when I first got this book, I just expected a nice little mystery read. Boy was I wrong, and happy to be! I could not put this book down and literally finished it in 2 days. The story carries beautifully, and the pieces fall into place.
There were a few questions still outstanding that I wish had been answered like ***SPOILERS*** Why did the announcer always tell the weather wrong and did it have some clue about the happenings (that would have been cool)? What was Rachel’s real role? While I understood the connection of Dulcinea, how was the name truly derived? Maybe these are important questions, just ones that this book brings up. You know it’s a good book when you want to know more.⠀
I received this book for review purposes from NetGalley. ⠀