4.5 Stars rounded up.
It is difficult to say you think a book about the inappropriate relationship between an older man and a young teen and the fallout over the coming decades is amazing, but this novel is just that. Zinovieff takes this incredibly challenging subject into the light of the #metoo movement and the related allegations against older adults for decades-old sexual abuse and compassionately explores all sides of the debate. She does not strive to change anyone's opinion, just add more depth and highlight just how complicated this issue can be.
The novel is told in three clearly unique perspective and flows back and forth between the 1970's and present day. The setting, both London and Greece, is described beautifully throughout and given nearly as much attention as the excellent character development. I have never wanted to travel to Greece more! All three main characters are layered and flawed individuals, which really lends itself to a deep understanding of the overall conflict in the story. The writing is beautiful and well-paced.
I highly recommend this novel, though with trigger warnings for sexual abuse and grooming of minors (specifically young teens.) I think anyone who reads this book will come away with a deeper understanding of sexual abuse, specifically where statutory rape is concerned.