By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:48 AM EDT

Lolita becomes a manipulative, seductive sociopath in this Australian novel about a teenager’s obsessive relationship with her teacher. Narrated by the girl and written as a letter to her lover, Innocents is both horrifying and riveting. Coote somehow manages to make dementia and derangement almost understandable, exposing the dark side of lust and the power games that accompany it. At once discomfiting and totally engrossing, Innocents is a dark form of a guilty pleasure.