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ISBN13: 9781401341503
ISBN10: 1401341500
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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.

With The Twisted Thread, Charlotte Bacon has crafted a gripping and suspenseful story in the tradition of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, one that pulls back the curtain on the lives of the young and privileged.

Review:

"At the start of Bacon's multifaceted first novel, untidy Madeline Christopher, an 'intern' English teacher at Armitage Academy, an elite New England boarding school, returns from her morning jog to learn that a student of hers, Claire Harkness, has been killed in her dorm room. Claire, who had concealed a pregnancy, had recently given birth, though there's no sign of the child. Madeline, who uncovers a malevolent clique that turns against her, shares her information with handsome detective Matt Corelli, who has his own past with the school. While suspicion swirls around Claire's boyfriend, Scotty Johnston, tension mounts between working-class staff, students, and town residents. Dropped rather than twisted plot threads and a lack of actual detection may disappoint whodunit purists, but appealing characters and the intelligent depiction of an insular community hold attention throughout. Bacon's short story collection, A Private State, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1998. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Charlotte Bacon graduated from Harvard University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. Her published books include A Private State, Lost Geography, There Is Room for You, and Split Estate. Her debut collection of stories, A Private State, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1998. Bacon lives in Maine with her husband and three children.

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Teresa Borden, December 7, 2011 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
Although at first it seemed a bit stereotypical, I was ultimately so engaged by this story that I couldn't put it down for days. I had no idea how it would end and was pleasantly surprised. After I finished this book, I immediately ordered all of Charlotte Bacon's previous novels and can't wait to read them.
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Teresa Borden, December 5, 2011 (view all comments by Teresa Borden)
I started off wondering who killed the girl and who took the baby, but I got sucked into the question of 'who would Clair end up with?--the contemporary and sexy fellow teacher? Or the dashing, mysterious sensitive detective? It was a great read and a great ride and I loved every minute of it.
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family of readers, August 11, 2011 (view all comments by family of readers)
Great read -- a good mystery, interesting characters, well crafted and written!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401341503
Author:
Bacon, Charlotte
Publisher:
Hyperion
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20110614
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 10.4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of Bacon's multifaceted first novel, untidy Madeline Christopher, an 'intern' English teacher at Armitage Academy, an elite New England boarding school, returns from her morning jog to learn that a student of hers, Claire Harkness, has been killed in her dorm room. Claire, who had concealed a pregnancy, had recently given birth, though there's no sign of the child. Madeline, who uncovers a malevolent clique that turns against her, shares her information with handsome detective Matt Corelli, who has his own past with the school. While suspicion swirls around Claire's boyfriend, Scotty Johnston, tension mounts between working-class staff, students, and town residents. Dropped rather than twisted plot threads and a lack of actual detection may disappoint whodunit purists, but appealing characters and the intelligent depiction of an insular community hold attention throughout. Bacon's short story collection, A Private State, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1998. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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