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The Temple House Vanishing

by Rachel Donohue

Crime / Mystery Debuts Modern and Contemporary Fiction Sharing Diverse Voices Thriller and Suspense

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Burning with an intense, provocative fire, this is a debut that doesn’t flinch from the troubled world it creates. 25 years ago, a 16 year old school girl and her teacher disappeared, now a journalist investigates the mystery at the heart of the boarding school. The prologue intrigues, answering a question while bursting open many more. I felt a seductive unsettling call and settled in. Three women sit centre stage in this story, the missing Louisa, her friend Victoria, and the journalist. I gained access to the school and sank into the heady highs and lows of teenage years. A veil of mystery covers Temple House, the school sits in both time periods, a chilling constant between the two. It is as much about the unsaid, the unseen, as it is what is revealed, and Rachel Donohue handles the balance with surety. The ending really spoke to me, it opened my thoughts and encouraged them to travel. I have no doubt that The Temple House Vanishing will stay with me for some time to come, it is an assured and compelling debut.

Liz Robinson

The Temple House Vanishing Synopsis

Power. Jealousy. Desire.

Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic teacher disappeared without trace…

When Louisa arrives at Temple House, an elite catholic boarding school, she quickly finds herself drawn to sophisticated fellow pupil Victoria and their young bohemian art teacher, Mr Lavelle. The three of them form a bond that seems to offer an escape from the repressive regime of the nuns who run the cloistered school. Until Louisa and Mr Lavelle suddenly vanish.

Years later, a journalist with a childhood connection to Louisa determines to resolve the mystery. Her search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest.

The Temple House Vanishing is a stunning, intensely atmospheric novel of unrequited longing, dark obsession and unintended consequences.

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The Temple House Vanishing Press Reviews

‘This brooding tale of obsessive love, teenage jealousy and hidden desire has a dark charm’ The i paper

‘Atmospheric, creepy, tense and utterly absorbing’ Harriet Tyce

‘Clean prose, subtle characters and intrigue to keep the pages turning’ Mike McCormack

‘Chilling’ Christine Dwyer Hickey

‘Exquisite’ Jo Spain

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ISBN: 9781786499394
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781786499387
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786499394
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Rachel Donohue
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Debuts, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Diverse Voices, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

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