Saturday, June 11, 2016

Transgression by Frank Parker

by Frank Parker

My rating: 3 stars

Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Frank Parker
Genre: Literary Fiction
Print Length: 206 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Roger felt too old for this talk of conspiracies and subterfuge. It had all seemed so simple forty years ago: help a friend and a young woman hide the consequences of a single foolish action that both regretted. How had it turned into a witch hunt? 
A contemporary novel tackling issues of sex and sexuality.
Forty years ago four people conspired to conceal a teenage pregnancy. Now one of them is dead and a book about her threatens to expose a Member of Parliament's guilty secret. For how long will Roger be able to prevent Sally getting at the truth of her parentage? Can he prevent the break-up of his own long term gay relationship?
We've come a long way from the prudery still prevalent in post WWII Britain to the acceptance of gay marriage. Did the new found sexual freedoms of the 1970s send the wrong signals to men who regard young women as 'fair game' for predatory behaviour and make recently exposed scandals involving celebrities inevitable?

Transgression by Frank Parker

It’s hard to imagine today that only forty years ago, the stigma of an unwanted pregnancy could begin a web of deceit that would finally be unraveled after the death of a famous soap opera actress. A teen, high on youth, and whatever she could find became the vessel of release for a politically up and coming man. The shame of her naiveté and impending motherhood will take her from the cold home she was raised in, only to be taught to reach for the stars, but her secret must never be revealed.

Only the sudden appearance of a woman claiming to be her daughter will open the writhing snakes of the past and threaten to topple one relationship and the career of the man who walked away.
Transgression by Frank Parker is gritty, twisted and dark, as one woman’s past is revealed, warts and all. In a tangle of characters, Frank Parker gives us a tale that most definitely lends credence to why politicians seem less than honest and the wealthy can be far too starched to love enough to help their child in her greatest time of need. A steady pace, veering into several subplots finally comes together as this tale uncovers the ramifications of a sexual predator’s need to see women as fair game to be used like a disposable towel. As to whether this is the result of the freer sexual attitudes, no, it is the twisted act of a man who needs power.

Everyone had an agenda, everyone was out for themselves and the baby’s plight was rather glossed over. I did find myself disgusted with the portrayal of humanity both in the seventies and today.

I received this copy from Frank Parker in exchange for my honest review.

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