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The gripping psychological thriller from Joanne Harris, to follow her bestselling Gentlemen & Players and Blueeyedboy. Perfect for fans of Claire Mackintosh, BA Paris, Paula Hawkins and Tracy Chevalier.
'Crime novel or literary novel? Categories really don't matter; readers will find themselves comprehensively gripped.' Independent
'A cracking psychological thriller' Good Housekeeping
After thirty years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go - the clowns, the rebels, the underdogs, and those he calls his Brodie boys. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy capable of twisting everything around him. A boy with hidden shadows inside.
With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things.
The third in the Malbry Cycle of gripping psychological thrillers - the latest of which is A Narrow Door.
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Slowly, Harris reveals tiny clues, withholding full explanations until the startling denouement. Classy writing, sensitive and moving. ― The Times
Harris pulls off an impeccable thriller denouement...consistently entertaining. -- John Dugdale ― Sunday Times
It's Goodbye, Mr Chips meets The Bad Seed. Joanne Harris' latest has a killer elevator pitch and, what's more, it delivers on its intriguing premise...a rich, dramatic tale that builds to a surprising conclusion. ― Washington Post
A masterpiece of misdirection. -- Val McDermid --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B018X1L38A
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; 1st edition (21 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 8552 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 479 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 165,267 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And oh....the underlying menace, the dark characters, the secrets, the topical subjects, all contribute to make this book so bloody good.
Straitley would have to be one of my favourite protagonists ever!
Please, please Ms Harris can we have just one more magnificent story of St Oswalds before these old Masters are put out to pasture!
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The book itself is set in a rather old-fashioned British private school - it just about fits into the world of the 2010's, but it's a tight squeeze. The main character, is a fabulously old, grumpy and self-deluded master at the school, and for some reason I kept hearing Stephen Fry's voice as Professor Donald Trefusis while I read the book. It's mostly written in the first person from the point of view of several characters and the plot twist towards the end leads you completely astray. To say more would be to tell too much about what happens.
I loved this book and because it's a deep read, it's on my re-read list to catch up on all the plot points that I missed on first reading. Anyone looking for a really great whodunnit read is in for a treat.
This is a dark and disturbing novel, with St Oswald's again plunged into crisis. After the events in the previous novel, St Oswald's, beset by rumour and scandal, has been given a new Head. This turns out to be Johnny Harrington, a boy that Straitley recalls with discomfort. Harrington, and two other new boys, were involved in a scandal at the school; resulting in the downfall of a schoolmaster, who was Straitley's friend and Straitley is always loyal - to his friends, to his boys and, most of all, to St Oswald's itself.
As always, Straitley is a Classicist in a modern world, fighting against change. In this novel it is the removal of the Honours Boards, pigeon holes removed in favour of 'email,' rebranding, refurbishment, the horror of Sixth Form girls, and the threat of retirement. As Straitley digs his heels in, we read Ziggy's diary and of past events which will effect the present. I found this a little slower than the first St Oswald's novel but look forward to reading the next book set in the school, "A Narrow Door."