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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.
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Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before her graduation, in that sheltered wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden in the depths of Heart Lake for more than two decades. Now Jane has returned to the school 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 young, troubled girls are beginning to die again — as, piece by piece, the shattering truth slowly floats to the surface...

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Hopelessly addictive...definitely the season's guilty pleasure." Time Out New York

Review:

"A wonderfully eerie sense of place...deeply atmospheric." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"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." People (Page-turner of the Week)

Review:

"A Gothic and elegant page-turner." Boston Globe

Review:

"Trash, despite the highfalutin Latin and classic references — and not very sexy trash at that." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"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." Booklist

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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...

About the Author

Carol Goodman's work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latté, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After graduation from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several years in Austin, Texas. She then received an M.F.A. in fiction from the New School University, studying under Rick Moody, Francine Prose, David Gates, Amy Hempel, and Peter Carey. Goodman currently teaches writing and works as a writer-in-residence for Teachers & Writers. She lives in Long Island.

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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.
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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.
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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345450890
Author:
Goodman, Carol
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Editor:
Marrow, Linda
Author:
Marrow, Linda
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Women teachers
Subject:
Private schools
Subject:
Suicide victims
Subject:
Adirondack Mountains.
Subject:
Latin teachers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-377
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x 1 in 0.75 lb

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Product details 432 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345450890 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Hopelessly addictive...definitely the season's guilty pleasure."
"Review" by , "A wonderfully eerie sense of place...deeply atmospheric."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A Gothic and elegant page-turner."
"Review" by , "Trash, despite the highfalutin Latin and classic references — and not very sexy trash at that."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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