When Scott and Linda Gardner hire a tutor for their wayward son, he's quickly embraced as part of the family. But while charming and capable, he's concealing his own dark agenda. As each family member takes him into their confidence they feed the threat he poses - only 11 year old Ruby seems able to sense the evil in him. In his most chilling book yet Peter Abrahams creates a living, breathing portrait of a family's hopes, fears and secrets. And of the menace they welcome into their home that threatens to destroy them.
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I loved Sherlock Holmes when I was a kid, just as the character Ruby does, and in some ways The Tutor is a Holmesian story. I donít know whether the intense competition in the U.S. to get into elite colleges and universities has a parallel in Britain. The SAT test, the central instigating factor in this story, purports to measure scholastic aptitude, and is taken by almost all college-bound students. I havenít exaggerated the tension it induces in middle-class American families in the slightest. The demand for SAT tutors, some private, some working for big tutoring companies, get stronger all the time. Why wouldnít some of these tutors develop a hidden disdain for their clientele? Julian just goes a little further.About the Author:
Peter Abrahams is the author of eleven previous novels, including CRYING WOLF, A PERFECT CRIME, and THE FAN. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife and four children.
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