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The Temple House Vanishing

ISBN: 9781838950248
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A Dubray Staff Recommended Read. A stunning mystery and a searing portrait of power, jealousy and desire from one of Ireland's most exciting new voices. An extraordinary debut with huge bestseller potential.
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When a teacher and pupil go missing from a Catholic boarding school, the rumour mill goes into overdrive with a variety of absurd reasons to explain their disappearance. Years later, a journalist connected to the missing girl is determined to find out exactly what happened. This intriguing novel reminds me of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with its obsessive darkness, and impressionable pupils and teachers cooped up together in a stifling, rarefied atmosphere. Wonderfully creepy!

Recommended by Mary Burnham, Dubray Dun Laoghaire


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 disappear without trace.

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.

'Clean prose, subtle characters and intrigue to keep the pages turning ... A hugely promising debut' Mike McCormack
'Exquisite ... This is some debut' Jo Spain
'Chilling. Promises to be the outstanding debut of 2020' Christine Dwyer Hickey

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Twenty five years ago, Louisa won a scholarship to the elite Catholic Temple House boarding school, run by nuns. She and another student Victoria formed strong friendships with the bohemian art teacher Mr Lavelle. One day, though, Louisa and Mr Lavelle just vanished. What became of them?  Fast forward to the present day, and a journalist is now investigating whether they ran off together, or whether tragedy struck. As she interviews witnesses, the true story slowly unravels. The result is a gripping analysis of social classes, romantic obsessions and friendship cliques. The dark tone (and creep setting of the sinister school) are a perfect match of the tale. And the achievement is even more impressive when you bear in mind that this is the author’s debut novel – definitely one to watch out for in the future!
From: Liccy | 16/02/2020 14:07
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When a teacher and pupil go missing from a Catholic boarding school, the rumour mill goes into overdrive with a variety of absurd reasons to explain their disappearance. Years later, a journalist connected to the missing girl is determined to find out exactly what happened. This intriguing novel reminds me of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with its obsessive darkness, and impressionable pupils and teachers cooped up together in a stifling, rarefied atmosphere. Wonderfully creepy!

Recommended by Mary Burnham, Dubray Dun Laoghaire


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 disappear without trace.

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.

'Clean prose, subtle characters and intrigue to keep the pages turning ... A hugely promising debut' Mike McCormack
'Exquisite ... This is some debut' Jo Spain
'Chilling. Promises to be the outstanding debut of 2020' Christine Dwyer Hickey

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