Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon
Privilege exists, and sometimes it's deadly.
When beautiful but aloof Claire Harkness is found dead in her dorm room one spring morning, prestigious Armitage Academy is shaken to its core. Everyone connected to the school, and to Claire, find their lives upended, from the local police detective who has a personal history with the academy, to the various faculty and staff whose lives are immersed in the daily rituals associated with it. Everyone wants to know how Claire died, at whose hands, and more importantly, where the baby that she recently gave birth to is - a baby almost no one, except a small group of girls in her innermost circle, knew she was carrying.
At the centre of the investigation is Madeline Christopher, an intern in the English Department who is forced to examine the nature of the relationship between the school's students and the adults meant to guide them. As the case unravels, the dark intricacies of adolescent privilege at a powerful institution are exposed, and both teachers and students emerge as suspects as the novel rushes to its thrilling conclusion.
Armitage Academy is the boarding school. Greenville is the town where it’s situated. Suspense is what this book brings to the readers. Satisfaction is how you feel after reading it :)
This book is through the eyes of adults – the teachers in the school, the investigative detectives, etc. It started with the death of Claire Harkness and it ended with her death as well. Through it all, readers are kept wondering what happen to the baby and that she just gave birth to and who killed her and who.
The author managed to covey across to the readers some intense emotions. While you might think that Claire Harkness has everything a girl would want – beauty, etc. she craved the very thing that eluded her...love and family and people who see and love her for who is instead of her looks. The author also managed to covey across the intensity of grief, regret and anguish of a mother who realised too late of her lost.
Amidst all these are the traditions of the academy that students and teachers tried to hide. Traditions that have been around for more than 50 years that can be cruel and deadly.
Great suspense thriller which I truly enjoyed. I reviewed The Twisted Thread for netGalley.com.