BookieBarb, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by BookieBarb)
I've always enjoyed Carol Goodman's writing, but I believe this is my favorite so far. Her characters become friends (or enemies) and you hate to let them go at the end of the book. The structure of this book is interesting, if a little confusing at first, but it works well for this particular story. By the end, we have love, understanding, and redemption...what more can one ask.
bkozi6, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by bkozi6)
A wonderful story of growing up and growing aware, written by an author who always seems to find just the right word or phrase. The flashback format can get a bit confusing at first, but it is also essential to the story she is telling. I found this a fascinating read.
JWW, December 15, 2010 (view all comments by JWW)
This book has been compared by critics to Donna Tart’s Secret History but I think it is so much better. The premise is pretty straight forward as far as mysteries go, a woman comes back to teach at a school where she has a dark and troubled past that she is forced to face. What makes this book really stand out for me is Goodman’s writing. It is engrossing and has a wonderful flow which made it very easy for me to devour this book in only a few sittings.
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If you liked Secret History [Donna Tartt] you'll enjoy this suspenseful mystery set in a private girls' school in the Adirondacks. It's eerie, atmospheric and completely spellbinding.
by Publishers Weekly,
"Goodman debuts strongly with this intricately plotted and captivating tale of buried secrets....Goodman weaves ancient mythology with modern legend into a chilling and evocative story of deception and complicity."
by Time Out New York,
"Hopelessly addictive...definitely the season's guilty pleasure."
by Los Angeles Times Book Review,
"A wonderfully eerie sense of place...deeply atmospheric."
by People (Page-turner of the Week),
"Like Donna Tartt's The Secret History or a good film noir...Jane's low-key narration has just the right tone to keep readers hooked."
by Boston Globe,
"A Gothic and elegant page-turner."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Trash, despite the highfalutin Latin and classic references — and not very sexy trash at that."
"This ultimately pleasing debut novel suffers from some plot clumsiness, including a reliance on coincidence and a few situational implausibilities. These drawbacks are forgiven and forgotten as the story builds into a thrilling, diverting read."
A lake's shattering truth slowly floats to the surface in this national bestseller now in paperback — a stunning, captivating first novel of youthful innocence drowned by dark sins. A Top Ten Book Sense selection in hardcover.
Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before graduation, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden for more than two decades. Now Jane has returned as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories. And once again, young, troubled girls are beginning to die...
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