After reading the first two books on my phone, Unbroken and Matterhorn, and having given each my highest rating of 5 stars, I was actually feeling sorry for author, Theresa Fowler as I was about to begin reading her novel, Exposure. Surely every book couldn’t warrant five stars so she was up against some tough company.
I have to admit that exposure grabbed me early on and had me turning the pages (so to speak) quickly. Anthony and Amelia were high school seniors and star-crossed lovers. Amelia, the daughter of straight-laced wealthy parents and Anthony, although a good athlete and scholar, the son of a single Mom who taught at the local exclusive high-school that Anthony would never have been able to attend without her teaching there.
Amelia’s parents don’t know about Michael and would not approve of him on a status basis had they known. The two young lovers have made plans to attend college together in New York and Amelia’s parents are totally unaware of these plans as the final school year draws toward a close. Although Anthony is already eighteen, Amelia is still 17.
Anthony sends Amelia a naked photo of himself on the computer, her parents find it and the trouble begins. Her father phones the police. Anthony is arrested. The father cannot be talked out of pressing charges and an obstinate DA pursues the case. The situation goes from bad to worse and as the book hurdles towards the final pages I can think of no way this can end without Anthony being convicted.
Evidently, Theresa Fowler was just as perplexed and lost a start by concocting an ending that I just found too difficult to believe. I loved the book right up until the ending. That’s why Exposure draws four **** stars.
Incidentally, Exposure is based on an actual incident that happened to Ms. Fowler’s son.