The story is a journey of Lucy Lurie who is overly fascinated by JM Coetzee’s novel Disgrace. The novel is seen as a response to JM Coetzee’s Disgrace from the point of view of Lucy. But the story looks at how Lucy experiences the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after she was gang raped at her father’s farmhouse.
Whilst the Lucy in Coetzee’s Disgrace is passive and a lacuna Lucy Urie in Fiona’s Snykers’ novel fights back as she tries to deal with life. Snykers has demonstrated how rape victims can react to their circumstances. The fascination in the story is created by the topical subject of the well written story. The story telling is brilliant and the reader feels for her and feels with her throughout the novel. The character of Urie becomes a loner who ventures into the outside in search of Coetzee. She wants to challenge and antagonise Coetzee. Snykers has created a fighter, a character who stands up to fight. Rape victims can learn much from Urie’s experience and her will to live. A well written novel.