The Obsession

Sourcebooks/Fire. Feb. 2021. 320p. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781728215167.
Gr 9 Up–The first time Logan sees Delilah, his new classmate at an elite Northern California prep school, he knows they’re destined to be together forever. The only problem is that Delilah doesn’t agree—yet. When Logan catches Delilah on film murdering her mother’s abusive boyfriend, Brandon, he knows he has the perfect leverage to ensure she never dares leave him. But Delilah is sick of living in fear, and she knows she needs a plan to keep Logan away from her for good. Sutanto readily identifies the societal power structures that keep Delilah, who is half-Singaporean and half-white, in the control of Brandon, a white police officer, and Logan, who is also white. The story, told from Logan and Delilah’s perspectives in alternating chapters, moves at breakneck speed to a surprising conclusion. The moments of violence are brief, keeping the focus on the mounting tension between the two main characters.
VERDICT This tense, quick-moving thriller is also a thought-provoking story about the different shapes of abuse. Fans of high-drama fiction with a dark edge, like Karen McManus’s One of Us Is Lying or Gretchen McNeil’s #murdertrending, will be hooked.

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