Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Title: The Twisted Thread
Author: Charlotte Bacon
Synopsis from Amazon:
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 school, and to Claire, finds 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 that almost no one, except her small innermost circle, knew she was carrying. At the center 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.
This book is really similar to The Raising that I read last month. Overall I enjoyed the book, but there were a few things that I didn't enjoy so much. I would have liked to have gotten to know Claire, the dead girl, a little better. The book starts to explore her and her personality, but doesn't go very much into it. The "love triangle" between Madeline, the art teacher and the cop felt a little forced. I really didn't like the ending to that story line either. I would have liked more of an explanation of the school's secret society. Despite these things, I really did enjoy the book.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
I was given an electronic copy of this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.