She can be anyone you want her to be.
Vivian was raised with one purpose in life: to exact revenge on behalf of her mother. Manipulative and cruel, Mother has deprived Vivian not only of a childhood, but of an original identity. With an endless arsenal of enticing personalities at her disposal, Vivian is a veritable weapon of deception.
And she can destroy anyone.
When it’s time to strike, she enrolls in a boarding school on the English moors, where she will zero in on her target: sweet and innocent Ben, the son of the man who broke Mother’s heart twenty years ago.
Anyone…except for the woman who created her.
With every secret she uncovers, Vivian comes one step closer to learning who she really is. But the more she learns about herself, the more dangerous this cat and mouse game becomes. Because Mother will stop at nothing to make sure the truth dies with her.
Moore's debut is a sort of Fatal Attraction by way of Flowers in the Attic. Vivian is just turning 18 when she arrives at Madigan, a boarding school in Yorkshire, under orders to destroy a boy named Ben by making him fall hopelessly in love with her. The orders come from Mother, whose "keening wail" over the boy who broke her own heart (Ben's father) is a hallmark of Vivian's early memories. Vivian has been groomed from birth in every tactic to captivate a male and stay cold herself. Mother's obsession is unbounded she'll have a little boy beaten or slit the throats of kittens to further her aims. Vivian has always given Mother her unquestioning obedience, but her intentions to carry out Mother's revenge are jeopardized by the appearance of Arthur, the uneducated son of Mother's servant, who grew into a skilled poet under Vivian's tutelage before vanishing from her life. The conceit is unconvincingly overstretched, but Moore is a gifted descriptive writer who brings her imaginings to strong sensory life. Ages 12 up.