The story begins with the suicide of one character! Before going back in time to 1990. Louisa and Victoria had met at Temple House Catholic school, they had become friends from the start. They both loved the art classes with the young Mr Lavelle. The story is told by Louisa as the narrator.
Louisa, a bight clever 16 year old is on a scholarship as a weekly boarder. The school isn’t a great place to be if you are there on a scholarship, as those girls are constantly reminded of their position, as the lowest in the hierarchy. Victoria is a more intense student. It’s Louisa’s friendship with Victoria that gets her through many of the challenges she faces at the school. The school is run by nuns, who seem to favour the richest of the girls, and expect them to stick to some strict and to an extent absurd rules. Mr Lavelle seem out of place, he is very popular with the pupils mainly because of his young age and manner. I’m sure at some stage most pupils have a crush on one teacher.
But then one day one of the girls and Mr Lavelle disappear.
The story has a few unexpected twists and turns. Leading the reader in a certain direction of thinking, well plotted.
Alongside this story is a second plot line, a journalist writing a piece 25 years later of what happened in 1990. The journalists investigation is used as a way of revealing what happened.
The gothic atmosphere of Temple House, with lots of grand, sweeping description. For me the plot was a little slow, the writing is great, but just wasn’t my cup of tea. I had seen it mentioned as being like Rebecca in style which is one of my all time best reads, but it didn’t quite meet that expectation for me.
If you are into gothic reads, with a mystery then maybe this will be for you.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I would like to thank #netgalley and #Corvus for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.