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The Temple House Vanishing Reader Reviews

The Temple House Vanishing

Catherine Bryce

Fantastic story that will keep the reader turning page after page till the end. This is a must buy!!

This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. This is a must buy!!

The excellent debut book by Rachel Donohue which will keep readers enthralled. Rachel writes with passion and commitment and the way the storyline unfolds as the reader progresses through the book is superb. The story itself fulfils many genres and it's a dark mystery that the reader finds in the book makes this one of the best written.

You have got to read this book it thrills and excites with hesitant pauses here and there grabbing the readers full attention as the story fluidly enfolds with the authors writing style.

The storyline - you must buy the book to discover and it's a masterpiece

Amanda O'Dwyer

Wow! Just wow! I had goosebumps when I finished. I could not put this book down and now I’ve just finished it I want to start all over again! For a debut novel, this is just incredible.

I cannot rate this book highly enough. The cover itself was intriguing and as I read the book I realised that the cover links to the fact that the story is about art and an art teacher.

The novel is written in sections, from two peoples perspectives - the journalist and Louisa. This works really well. It helps to build the tension and to give different perspectives on the happenings at Temple House and ‘The Girls On The Hill’.

Louisa starts a new school, run by nuns, where she is the scholarship girl amongst the rich and entitled. It is here that she meets Victoria and Mr Lavelle the art teacher. Their story involves love, art, fantasy and betrayal.

The way that Rachel Donohue writes sucks you in from the very beginning. Somehow she is able to write so that parts of the story are almost laxidasical, while others are more frenetic. I actually found my heart racing at times. As it is partially set in the ’80s, I found a lot I could relate to and remember, being a child of the 80's myself.

This book has touched my heart and soul. If this is a debut, I shall most definitely be watching the progress of Ms Donohue's writing in the future. I am now her number one fan. Thank you for sharing your creativity and art with us all.

Rachel Aygin

An atmospheric and unsettling read.

There is a mystery but it doesn’t feel like a mystery. The story is told alternately by Louisa in the past and a journalist in the present. Louisa arrives as a new scholarship student at the Temple House School and is immediately fascinated by the relationship between another student, Victoria, and the art teacher, Mr Lavelle. Alternating with this, a journalist is investigating the disappearance of Louisa and Mr Lavelle… so, a mystery.

I found myself hurrying through the journalist chapters to get back to the obsessive world of Victoria, Louisa and Mr Lavelle. Reading this book felt like trying to fight your way through layers of overgrown vines or peering through distorted thick old glass in an attempt to reveal what is hidden underneath. The ivy on the cover felt very appropriate. It is a lazy, slow unwinding of the past leading to the final reveal in the very last few pages. An atmospheric and unsettling read.

Soph Ufton

This story was engaging and I was on the edge of my seat. I loved it.

This is the story of two people who have gone missing from an Elite Catholic boarding school. Louisa and her art teacher. Years go by and then a Journalist happens to come across it and decides to resolve the mystery of what actually happened.

This story was engaging and I was on the edge of my seat. I loved it.

Charlie Pritchard-Williams

Reminded me of Picnic at Hanging Rock. I loved it

I really enjoyed this book, it was really interesting and engaging from the very beginning and I read it too quickly as I wanted to know what was going to happen.


I liked Louisa's character a lot. I felt sorry for her because she'd earned a scholarship but all the privileged girls knew this. I disliked Victoria who seemed fake and arrogant and didn't deserve Louisa's friendship.

Rachel Donohue is a good writer, I was pulled into the story very quickly and wanted to know how it was all going to end.

This reminded me of Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Evelyn Love-Gajardo

A dark, atmospheric tale of love and desire set in a convent school, in the 90s.

This book has a dramatic opening and builds gradually to an equally dramatic conclusion. It tells the story of two schoolgirls, Louisa and Victoria and their teacher, Mr Lavelle, and the events leading up the disappearance of Mr Lavelle and Louisa, who appeared to vanish without trace twenty five years ago. The story is told by Louisa and by a journalist who decides to follow the story and try to find out what happened to them.
The author creates a dark, sinister atmosphere by setting the story in a very traditional and exclusive convent school, where the three main characters don't fit in, for a variety of reasons. The school is in an old house by the sea and the author conveys a sense of unease and fear in her use of language.
The pace is quite slow and it takes a long time to build to a conclusion - I would have preferred less description of every emotion felt by the characters but it is a book that will stay with me for quite a while. I didn't see the end coming!

Emily Dudley

This is definitely one to watch. THE TEMPLE HOUSE VANISHING is so atmospheric, chilling and dark, with so much mystery about it. I honestly was hooked from the prologue; it’s gripping from the get go!

Wow! Talk about a sinister debut?! This book is so atmospheric, dark, haunting and has so much mystery about it. I honestly was hooked from the prologue; it’s good from the get-go! Jealousy, teenage passion, obsession...talk about intense!

There are so many secrets running through this book; I didn’t trust anyone. The characters were all flawed and quite unlikeable, but it suited the tone of the narrative perfectly. I really liked how the book was structured as it flowed back and forth in time between the POV of The Journalist and Louisa. It’s a slow burner so all the lies and secrets are delicately unravelled. The ending is so tragic and shocking; I didn’t see it coming at all. The epilogue is beautifully written; it took my breath away! Such a well written and absorbing book. For me, this has real vibes of The Secret History and Fake Like Me. And it’s a debut?!! How incredible.

If you love books full of suspense and mystery, definitely check this one out. In my view, this would make a perfect TV series.

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781786499387
Publication date: 6th February 2020
Author: Rachel Donohue
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),