From the author of Daniel Isn’t Talking and Dying Young comes a shattering new novel, a page-turner about a sexual relationship between a grown man and a newly teenaged girl.
June was a young widow with ahopeless crush on Craig Kirtz, a disc jockey at a local rock station. To her surprise, the two struck up a friendship that seemed headed for something more. But it was June’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Bobbie, whom Craig had wanted all along. Bobbie thought her secret life—the sex, the drugs, the illicit relationship itself—could remain safely buried in the past. But thirty years later, when Bobbie discovers Craig’s attentions to her had been repeated with any number of girls, she returns home with one purpose in mind: to bring Craig to trial.
Her decision is greeted with mixed feelings. Some people think that bringing charges against someone for a crime committed so many years ago is unjustified. She’s called a “middle-aged woman with a vendetta.” She’s accused of waging war against her own family. But the past has a way of revealing itself, and some relationships lie dormant through the years, ready to stir to life at the
June remembers things differently from the way Bobbie does. Craig insists he has done nothing wrong. As their traumatic history is relived in the courtroom, Bobbie and June must come to terms with the choices they made and face the truth they have long refused to acknowledge. Told with warmth and compassion, this is a moving, deeply absorbing story of a family in crisis.
When I first received an email regarding this book I was instantly intrigued. It was a little different than my normal reads these days so I was willing to give it a try. Age of Consent was a quick read for me, I was completely invested in the story and finding out what was going to happen.
We jump from the past to the present and the stories weave themselves together. Bobbie, a young girl in a dangerous “relationship” comes back to confront her past 30 years later. Martin Leimbach really gave us a feel for each character and what they were thinking and how they each perceived a situation.
Craig was a manipulative jerk, I couldn’t stand him from the beginning.
“I’m supposed to let him just walk away like her always does. Because that’s what Craig is like, you know. He glides through life and lets everyone else worry about his shit!”
June was a delusional middle aged woman who couldn’t see past the end of her own nose. She was always making excuses for Craig that spanned the thirty years of this story.
And then we have Bobbie, I LOVED her character. Her emotions came through and you could feel everything that she did. The hurt, the shame, the anger. But she was as strong as she could be.
“There had been no moment of regret, no goodbye, spoken or unspoken.”
As I previously stated I was invested in this story, sadly at the end it started to move a little too fast and then we are left with a conclusion but missing many answers. It’s hard to explain. I would love to have had more of a glimpse of Bobbie’s time away and what she went through to become the amazing woman she is now.
“A secret is something you ought to tell, that you owe it to someone to tell. And you don’t owe anyone.”
About the Author
I am Marti Leimbach, a fiction writer and core tutor at Oxford University’s Creative Writing Programme. Most known for my New York Times and international bestseller, Dying Young, that was made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts, I am also the author of The Man From Saigon (2010), and Daniel Isn’t Talking (2006) among other novels.
Daniel Isn’t Talking is loosely based on my real life son with autism. Thank you to everyone who has written to me about their own children with autism or other learning difficulties. These days my son is not only talking, but speaks four languages…but the novels reflects the years I didn’t know if he’d ever speak at all.
My newest novel, Age Of Consent, 2016, has just been given an early starred review by Booklist (thank you, Booklist!) and I’m working on both fiction and non-fiction when I’m not teaching, shearing sheep, trimming horse hooves, sorting out fallen trees or blogging about writing and publishing at www.martileimbach.com . Visit me there or here on Amazon.
Connect with Marti Leimbach