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These Violent Delights

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At Windemere School for Girls, one of America’s elite private schools, Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry—and impressionable teenage girls—he operates in plain sight for years, until one of his former students goes public with allegations of inappropriate conduct. With the help of an inv ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Griffith Moon
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Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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“In a single-sex school, a girl can comprehend her value and her capabilities in ways that have nothing to do with how she looks or whom she dates. She can be free to experiment and explore, trying out new things and trying on new roles. She can follow her ambitions without wasting a second thought or backward glance on how her male counterparts might perceive her. “

--National Coalition of girls’ Schools

j e w e l s
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled
At first, I was not sure how to judge this book as a reader. It is well written, packs a powerful message and it held my attention, even though it has a distinct non-fiction feel. So, four stars it is! Plus, that gorgeous cover.

Chosen for its beautiful cover and title, I mistakenly assumed the book was a light mystery or domestic type thriller. It’s not. Note to self: start reading summaries carefully. I am really glad I continued reading, it was compelling and informative.

Here comes the dreade
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book incredibly topical with all that’s been going on in the media at the moment. It’s staggering how many women will quietly relate to issues within this book. The prevalence of sexual assault and abuse is sadly all too common so books like these are incredibly important and relevant. I raced through this book, I enjoyed the fact that it was straight to the point, it’s not glossy or full of filler. It did feel less like a novel than an investigative journalistic piece though which ...more
Sarah Joint
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let's address the obvious first... that title, that cover! Stunning. I received an ARC of this novel, but if I'd been browsing in a bookstore, that cover would have grabbed my attention right away. I would have been open to buying it before I even knew what it was about, and the blurb would have sealed the deal.

"Don't you find it interesting that these types of crimes against women- whether it's violence, sexual assault, rape- are the only kinds where we force the victim to make a case about th
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
"This idea that an occasional false accusation is a more serious problem than thousands of actual instances of abuse or assault or rape enrages me like nothing else." <----- THIS.

This book is so important and so relevant. It focuses on numerous women who were sexually abused as teenagers by the same man. The story felt so realistic and the book itself was very gripping and addictive. I enjoyed reading this and I think everyone should read it.

We got a look into the different character's minds t
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"They want a perfect victim and a perfect perpetrator. Someone who jumps out of the bushes in a park in the middle of the night and drags you to the ground by your hair. They want witnesses and screams and blood. Anything short of that is considered murky or he-said, she said, even when there's proof" (35).

"This idea that an occasional false accusation is a more serious problem than thousands of actual instances of abuse or assault o
Liz Barnsley
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't really give "These Violent Delights" anything less than 5* because it was a compassionate and insightful look at a very real problem that does get swept under random carpets again and again.

Using journalism and reality as a basis the novel explores what can happen when women come forward with tales of abuse from their formative years. In this we have a well known, well loved private school professor who is also a predator - involving many of his teenage pupils in sexual acts, preying on
Melanie (mells_view)
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
These Violent Delights is a poignant story of three women who were sexually assaulted in the past, by a well loved English professor from their all girls private school, Windemere. In the present they come forward with their stories. The stories are gripping, and a very REALISTIC look at how a predator seeks out, grooms, and abuses a victim. It's also an all too real story of the failures of our justice system. Victoria Namkung does a fantastic job combining relevant message with entertaining st ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There's no denying that in the current climate, this book serves a purpose. It's insightful, and promotes an area of abuse and sexual assault that is often swept under the carpet. These Violent Delights follows four women: a journalist and three victims of abuse from a former private school teacher, and their reactions following the exposure and subsequent re-exploration of their past.

The subject of sexual abuse is sensitively appro
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Don’t you find it interesting that these types of crimes against women- whether it’s violence, sexual assault, rape- are the only kinds we force the victim to make a case about their own innocence before even investigating?”

This book discusses child abuse and rape culture in general in one of THE BEST ways i have seen to date.

The author clearly did her research, clearly had a lot to say and a lot of real and honest and good options on the topic.

BUT it reads more like newspaper articles or ver
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, favorites
Before we start, can we talk about this cover? It’s eye catching and elegant. Definitely attracts a reader to want to read the synopsis, IMO.

This story couldn’t be more relevant to what we have been experiencing as a society. In the wake of the increasingly alarming stories of sexual assault being shared this book provides perspective from the victims; it will make you pause and evaluate how you, and others around you, support victims – or lack thereof.

The story follows 3 women who have been tak
4 ⭐️ to this incredibly moving read.

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I have to start out by saying that the cover of this book is gorgeous, and I'm sure it will look even better in person. That simple fact is what initially drew me to this book.

The subject matter of this book is incredibly relevant right now (#MeToo anyone?) and These Violent Delights gets straight to the point. The book focuses on 3 women that have had a relationship with a teacher at the
Kristy K
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Don't you find it interesting that these types of crimes against women- whether it's violence, sexual assault, rape- are the only kinds we force the victim to make a case about their own innocence before even investigating?"

This short book packs a powerful punch. These Violent Delights focuses on three girls (Caryn, Eva, Sasha) who come forward years later about the inappropriate relationship they had with their English teacher in high school, all in different years. Jane, a reporter who Caryn
Lolly K Dandeneau
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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'There are so many sharks circling around young girls- in the streets, online, and in their very own “safe” schools- it truly makes me sick!'

Dr. Gregory Copeland, chair of the English department, now a married father, beloved, popular with parents, staff and students and for many years seducer of young, lonely girls. The past is about to come calling, karma is ready to collect from Dr. Copeland a pound of flesh! Caryn is an intern working at a n
Donna Hines
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Multiple women come forward to accuse a teacher of wrongdoing.
The books takes us through the allegations, the smear campaigns, the media circus, the gossip, the trial, and finally the sentencing.
It is timely in relevance and importance considering the social movements that have come to light.
Sexual abuse is never an easy topic for discussion and you can tell the author did her fair share of leg work in preparation and research.
This is a really well written read and perhaps the most shocking is t
Wendi Lee
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*

This timely novel is about Windemere, an elite all girl's high school, whose beloved English teacher has been accused of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, and much more. Caryn, a journalist intern, begins this fictional tale of #metoo with a first-person piece of how Windemere brushed aside her allegations against Dr. Copeland. It soon becomes clear that Caryn is just one of many girls Dr. Copeland behaved illegally toward. These Violent Delights follow the POVs of Caryn, two
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
#MeToo quickly became the top trending Twitter hashtag Sunday night as women spoke up to show the world just how common sexual harassment and sexual assault are.

I found it slightly ironic that I started reading this book when the #MeToo hashtag started trending. This book is about sexual assault and how many women it affects, but also how many women seem to believe they are alone in it. (If you have been a victim of sexual assault, of any kind, you are not alone. Please reach out for guidance an
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"These violent delights have violent ends" is one of my favorite lines from Romeo and Juliet, and so I knew I was going to love this book! Of course the author is alluding to how quickly teen love can flourish and often--just as quickly-- implode, as the young lovers in Shakespeare's play commit suicide believing the other is dead. When Caryn, a young intern for the Daily Journal brings her story to Jane, the seasoned and well-respected journalist, Jane realizes it is a story that must be told f ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These Violent Delights is a well-written, fast paced novel. I could not put this book down and couldn't wait to see if Copeland would be held accountable for his actions or how his victims weathered through the discovery phase. I love Namkung's gift to build believable characters and suspense. I identified with the victims and found myself rooting for them and hoping they would make it through the media circus stronger despite the wavering support from some members in their community. This novel ...more
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These Violent Delights is the second novel by Korean American author, Victoria Namkung. Set in LA, the story revolves around four women: Jane, Caryn, Eva, and Sasha. Caryn Rodgers, a twenty-two-year-old intern approaches Jane March, a reporter, about an incident that occurred at her prestigious private girls school six year ago. At the time a male teache
Brandi Mattison
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Must read! I highly recommend this book.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A pretty powerful book on a subject every parent needs to be aware of. Super interesting.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Bill Kupersmith
After completing my own novel featuring a predatory prep school teacher I expected to like this book, but found Copeland’s hand on thigh approach too crude for a serious and dangerous abuser. Like Mill Valley in Most Dangerous Place on Earth, Windermere makes no pretense of any moral or spiritual values or formation except to get girls into elite colleges, nor do their parents show any other concern. And the book is narrated in flat journalistic prose, Someone should tell Caryl that her account ...more
Tiffany {Beyond the Stars: Book Blog}
I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“The fact that we worry more about the damage to a potential abuser’s or rapist’s reputation than we do about a child or teenage victim has dire consequences for all of us and our society.“

As someone who has suffered at the hands of a serial sexual abuser, this novel spoke to me on so many levels. It made me feel things I have not felt in years. Fears became real again and thoughts of what could I have done differentl
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy from NetGalley for my honest review. This was my first experience with NetGalley and I am very pleased.

These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung hit home for me. Victoria Namkung did a wonderful job on portraying how society acts when dealing with rape or assault. I related to the characters and the frustration and pain they felt.

From the moment I started reading I could not put this book down. As the story went on I just kept getting frustrated with the fact that the sc
Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars

“Don't you find it interesting that these types of crimes against women - whether it's violence, sexual assault, rape - are the only kinds where we force the victim to make a case of their own innocence before even investigating?”

When I read the summary for These Violent Delights, my first reaction was how incredibly timely this story is …. My second thought was that I needed to read it.

Windmere School for Girls is an elite girl’s private school in LA. Dr. Copeland, chair of the Engli
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgally for the ARC.

This book was very disappointing to me. The subject matter it deals with is very important and while it does bring across some crucial messages I really struggled to get through it.

1) It doesn't really read like a story. It reads more like non-fiction on the sexual assault on teenagers or like a summary of the author's political views, neither of which I was expecting or wanting going into this. In this case, the book's ideas simply were not "novelised" enough, in
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An irresistibly savvy thriller that intertwines conflicted investigative journalism with the rarified world of an exclusive L.A. girls school, These Violent Delights is smart, suspenseful, unsettling, and only too relevant. I promise you won’t be able to put it down. Just don’t forget to breathe!
Ani | Annelie_Reads
Nov 06, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: kindle, z-2017, galley
DNF - I had a difficult time getting passed the writing style and how much I disliked it. I may try this book again since the subject matter interests me, but of what I've read, it was not executed well.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Wow! What a book! These Violent Delights is intense. It focuses on subjects that most people would shy away from. The author didn't shy away from anything. Instead, she paraded it around in from of the readers.

This book felt as though it was taken directly from the headlines. What does a school do when one of their own turns out to be a predator? Do they remove the monster or do they sweep the issue under the rug and pretend it never happened? How are the vic
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Victoria Namkung is a Los Angeles-based author and journalist whose work is featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, VICE, Washington Post, USA Today, and InStyle, among other publications. She's appeared at UNC Charlotte, LitFest Pasadena, Bad Advice From Bad Women, Mixed Remixed, and the Asian American Journalists Association, and on BBC World Report, SIRIUSXM, and That's Rac ...more

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