“The Twisted Thread” by Charlotte Bacon
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Armitage Academy is a school for the wealthy; a school where reputation is everything. It is also a school full of secrets. The story revolves around the death of Claire Harkness and her missing baby. While I did enjoy “The Twisted Thread”, I found myself often struggling to get through it. One issue was that the story switches point of views so frequently that after a while, it becomes tiring. Claire Harkness, Armitage Academy’s most popular senior, managed to hide a pregnancy, delivering a baby just days before she was found murdered in her dorm – the infant missing. It’s an interesting premise, but its drawn out far too long. Would I recommend it? I would, actually. It’s not a bad book what-so-ever, and as I’ve stated I did like it, but it’s not a book for everyone.