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A Narrow Door: The electric psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller Kindle Edition
'Twist follows twist and nothing is what it seems' ALEX MICHAELIDES
'Exhilarating, addictive, fierce' BRIDGET COLLINS
'A psychological thriller you can't put down' HARLAN COBEN
'Dark, Gothic, and propulsively readable' RUTH WARE
'A dark and richly enjoyable novel that already feels like a classic' ELLY GRIFFITHS
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Now I'm in charge, the gates are my gates. The rules are my rules.
It's an incendiary moment for St Oswald's school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to girls.
Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of her ambition. As the new regime takes on the old guard, the ground shifts. And with it, the remains of a body are discovered.
But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She'll bury the past so deep it will evade even her own memory, just like she has done before. After all...
You can't keep a good woman down.
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Praise for Joanne Harris's other books set in the St Oswald's world:
'A masterpiece of misdirection' Val McDermid
'Delivers an almighty twist . . . brilliantly atmospheric ' The Times
'[A] gripping psychological thriller . . . Harris is one of our most accomplished novelists' Daily Express
'[A] delicious black comedy' Daily Mail
- ASIN : B08Y7M4X55
- Publisher : Orion (4 Aug. 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2123 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 438 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1409170829
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,282 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2021
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Rebecca is an unreliable witness. She describes the mysterious disappearance from St Oswald’s of her 14-year-old brother, Conrad, when she was only 5. The frightening experience left her confused. What did she witness? As she describes her teaching career, fighting the prejudice against a woman in the nearby King Henry’s boys’ school, we can’t help admiring her, especially meeting resistance from her soon to be husband, Dominic, who would prefer her to teach with him at the local Comprehensive. We learn that Dominic also has secrets and despite his declining health, Roy Straitley looks forward to learning more.
The classical references to the rivers of the underworld in the book’s sections lead us towards Hades. Threads of deceit and confusion gradually reveal what happened all those years ago. Will the truth ever be revealed and how will the relationship between Roy and Rebecca develop? I found the epilogue particularly pleasing. Another masterpiece by Joanne Harris.
I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to reveal that in this volume we find dear old Mr. Straitley’s star fading fast, from the beginning you feel that he is soon to be incorporated into the fabric of the building, from where he may continue to add the odd ghostly tang of an illicit gaulois to the pervasive aroma of mice, chalk dust and biscuity testosterone that has always haunted his beloved bell tower.
No, the “action” (such as it is) is dominated by la Buckfast, a sneaky, unreliable and all the more scary for being wounded, villain. Incapable of the tenderer human emotions, driven almost entirely by ambition and revenge she is a disturbingly convincing character, yet written with such clear cut sympathy and understanding!
Put yourself in my position, an aging alumnus of an old fashioned boy’s grammar school, an obvious beneficiary of all “the patriarchy” has to offer. Would I accept a hot beverage offered by Joanne Harris? ………… I’d think twice about it. Buckfast is so real that one really does question whether she could be entirely invented. A true Moriarty to set off Straitley's Holmes.