Author: Cathy Coote
Published in: 1999
Synopsis: Told from the point of veiw of an unnamed, 16 year old girl, Innocents is the story of a perverse girl in Australia, who begins to obsess about her 34 year old teacher. But the obsession, begins as simply that, an obsession, with no romantic feelings. She begins to notice his shy and subtle expressions of affection and plays on them. One night, after a fight with her Uncle, she runs to his home, where she seduces him. Soon after they move in together and rumours force him to quit his job. Everything she does, every movement, every reaction, every gesture, every word, she does for him. She creates an image of herself to please him, and he loves her, desperately.
But he has demons of his own, and as time moves on, his paranoia begins to consume him.
Review: I found this novel, astonishingly well written, and Coote managed to take the overused 'Teacher/Student' relationship, and turn it into a profoundly orignial novel. The characters are, for the most part, nameless but so well rounded. I enjoyed this novel immensely. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and it hits you to the core. You feel for these characters, you scorn them and you love them. And the ending of this novel leaves you speechless. Though it can get raunchy at times, I definitely reccomend this novel to anyone.