Troubador Flight Path

Released: 28/08/2020

ISBN: 9781838594657

eISBN: 9781838595845

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Flight Path

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There is always a before and an after…


Sophie and Miles have a long marriage, twin daughters, a close-knit circle of friends and a happy home, until an accusation of inappropriate sexual conduct with a pupil blows everything apart. Sophie knows Miles as her husband of thirty years, the father to their twins and a dedicated teacher. Could he really be a sexual abuser? As the trial approaches, Sophie must ask herself if Miles is merely a bumbling innocent or a scheming manipulator. Flight Path explores the effect that an accusation of sexual assault has on a family. Guilty or Innocent, nobody wins. 

“It’s rare to read a novel that is as gripping as it is subtle. Flight Path is that novel. Buried within the story of a marriage coming undone is a compelling exploration of our moral and sexual confusions – and of one of our worst fears: that of the predator. E. J. Pepper delivers a disquieting, absorbing story. Throughout, she reveals our human frailties and bonds with delicacy and power.” Alison MacLeod, Booker prize long-listed author of Unexploded

Flight Path is an intriguing and fascinating book. The synopsis sets out the story very well; Sophie and Miles married and had their twin girls later in life and so find themselves in their early sixties with their girls only just starting university. Their world is turned upside down when Miles is accused of sexually assaulting a pupil at the school where he has taught for many years. They are in danger of losing everything they know. Could the young boy be telling the truth? Is it possible that Miles could be the man the boy describes? Could everything Sophie has ever thought about Miles be a lie?
Flight Path is made such a good book by the characters involved, which is a testament to the skill of author’s writing. Neither Sophie and Miles are flawless and as the book develops we learn more about each of them.
Throughout the book I kept changing my opinion of Miles; I will not say how I thought of him in the end as I will leave you to make your own decision.
A very interesting read.

by NetGalley review


Flight Path is an intriguing and fascinating book. The synopsis sets out the story very well; Sophie and Miles married and had their twin girls later in life and so find themselves in their early sixties with their girls only just starting university. Their world is turned upside down when Miles is accused of sexually assaulting a pupil at the school where he has taught for many years. They are in danger of losing everything they know. Could the young boy be telling the truth? Is it possible that Miles could be the man the boy describes? Could everything Sophie has ever thought about Miles be a lie?
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

by NetGalley review


This novel touches on the after-effects of an extremely painful subject, sexual misconduct. The repercussions for the accused and his family, as well as the hardships the accusing party has to go through, are what makes the story so realistic.

by NetGalley review


To say this book had me gripped from the begining, is an understatement! The biggest subject in this book is 'did he or didn't he'? Sophie is confused with him not be honest with her from the begining. There life has been turned upside down & the fall out is so difficult.
Loved the writing, loved the story line & the ending was so good. Recommended read.

by NetGalley review


It is rare that I get so hooked in to reading a novel with such subtlety. However, it is the nuance with which Pepper details the effects of Miles’ sexual assault allegation that is one of the things that makes this story so compelling. I loved that much of the story was told from Miles’ point of view, as we come to question whether his version of the truth can be believed, just as Sophie does as the novel progresses. Whilst the ending frustrated me - I hate not knowing what happens - I liked that there wasn’t a forced, neat ending because life does not have a simple fix to complicated problems and this is something that is clear throughout the book.

by NetGalley review


FLIGHT PATH is an interesting read. Those of us with long marriages believe that we know, really know, our spouses. So if they were accused of a heinous crime, we like to think we would know if they were capable of being the perpetrator. But would we? And what would become of our lives in light of such accusation? FLGITH PATH examines the choices one woman makes when her husband is accused of sexually abusing one of his students. Pepper gives us a very realistic portrayal of how things could play out. Well-written and engaging.

by NetGalley review


This was an unexpected read as I didn’t read the description of the novel in advance and the book title didn’t give much away.

Sophie and Miles are an older married couple in their 50s/60s with twin grown up daughters that have just started university. They have spent their lives living onsite at a lodge at Fordingbury private school for boys where Miles teaches and Sophie is the school matron. Their lives are turned upside down when Miles is accused of sexually assaulting one of the students. This unravels the foundation in Sophie and Miles’ relationship and the reader, as well as Sophie, questions if Miles is capable of such a criminal offence.

The writing is understated, articulate and detailed. It matches the British setting of the book as it is set in Oxford and London, and it provides an intriguing slow burn to the narrative, which creeps up on the reader and is really enjoyable to read. The book weaves between the past and present so that we get a deep insight into Miles and Sophie’s lives, which brings the characters to life.

The subject matter is disturbing to read but is relevant (there is even a reference to Jimmy Savile in the novel). E J Pepper tackles this topic in a very sensitive manner and it feels quite realistic despite this being a fictional story.

Only downside is that I felt it ended a little abruptly but maybe it was intentional to leave the reader continue to ponder about how things turned out. I’m still thinking about it a week after reading it! Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this read. I wanted to keep reading each page. Really enjoyable and engaging.

by NetGalley review


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