14 April 2010


by Maureen Gibbon

Text Publishing Company. Adult Other. Paperback rrp $29.95

Thirty-something Suzanne has escaped for the summer, renting an isolated cabin in Minnesota. She wants to disappear from poor choices in love and life in general.

She places an ad in the personal section of the local paper only to receive a most unexpected reply. Alpha Breville is in a correctional facility and is seven years into a fourteen year sentence for theft and rape and Suzanne is a rape victim.

Alpha is several years younger than Suzanne and their strange friendship develops through a series of letters, each more personal than the last. But what happens is something that Suzanne never expected. Nor did Alpha.

This is a deeply moving story of the two sides to rape. Would Alpha be where he is today if he didn’t have a battered upbringing? Would Suzanne be able to have a normal relationship with a wedding and a white picket fence, if she hadn’t had such a traumatic teenage life?

Thief is a book that may leave you feeling vulnerable but it also provides hope. A very thought-provoking read.

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