The Temple House Vanishing (MP3 CD)

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The Temple House Vanishing By Rachel Donohue, Jennifer Fitzgerald (Read by), Clodagh Duggan (Read by) Cover Image
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Who can resist the fraught relationships and guaranteed misbehaviors at a run-down Catholic all-girls boarding school that houses a handful of ‘scholarship’ students amongst a wealthy group of goodie-goodie students bent on making those few other girls uncomfortable? Add one well-off eccentric girl who befriends one of the scholarship girls plus one handsome, charismatic male art teacher who isn’t afraid of pushing boundaries, and you have the ingredients for an entertaining evening or two trying to solve a mystery presented early in the story. I confess I failed to solve the mystery but enjoyed trip.

— Kay Wosewick


An Irish Bestseller Finalist for the Irish Book Awards' Newcomer of the Year Perched high atop a seaside cliff in Ireland, a lonely Victorian mansion is home to Temple House School. And at Temple House, nothing is ever as it seems. Louisa is the new, brilliant scholarship student. Finding most of the other students at the all-girls Catholic boarding school as icy and unfamiliar as the drafty mansion, she forms a fierce bond with the intense and compelling Victoria, an outlier and student provocateur. Their close bond is soon unsettled by the young, charismatic art teacher, Mr. Lavelle--igniting tension and obsession in the cloistered world of the school. Then one day, Louisa and Mr. Lavelle disappear. There is no trace of either one. It's the unsolved mystery that captivates the whole country. Year after year, the media revisit it, and the conspiracy theories persist. Now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary, a journalist--a woman who grew up on the same street as Louisa--delves into the past to write a series of articles and uncover the truth. She finds stories of jealousy and revenge, power and class. But will she find Louisa and Mr. Lavelle, too? Because remember--at Temple House, nothing is ever as it seems. Told through alternating points of view, Rachel Donohue's debut novel skillfully, gradually, lets the reader into the hearts and minds of both Louisa and the determined reporter. Th is page-turner is perfect for fans of Elisabeth Thomas's Catherine House or Kate Elizabeth Russell's My Dark Vanessa.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665047999
ISBN-10: 1665047992
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Language: English