The Temple House Vanishing


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'Atmospheric, creepy, tense and utterly absorbing' Harriet Tyce 'Clean prose, subtle characters and intrigue to keep the pages turning' Mike McCormack 'Chilling' Christine Dwyer Hickey 'Exquisite' Jo Spain ___________________ 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 vanish. 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 w

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What the critics say

With clean prose, subtle characters and intrigue to keep the pages turning this is a hugely promising debut. Mike McCormack, author of Solar Bones Atmospheric, creepy, tense and utterly absorbing - a great literary thriller set in a Catholic girls' boarding school. Loved this. Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange Beautifully written in the same chilling vein as a Daphne du Maurier novel, The Temple House Vanishing promises to be the outstanding debut of 2020. Christine Dwyer Hickey An exquisitely written novel. Absolutely beautiful. So evocative for me of all those school greats - The Secret History, Dead Poets Society, Picnic at Hanging Rock. It was such a slow build of tension but simmering with that sinister under-layer the whole time. This is some debut. Jo Spain, author of The Confession The ending really spoke to me... Assured and compelling. Liz Robinson, LoveReading This is an extremely fine novel. Donohue handles the action, the places, the people and the emotions so well. It is both absolutely believable and compelling, pulling the reader along at pace... Well worth reading. New Books Magazine A beautifully atmospheric and involving novel, written in a lyrical literary style with a mysteriously compelling story... terrific... Intelligent, insightful and intriguing. LizLovesBooks Donohue looks to be the latest name to join the ranks of Ireland's proud female thriller-writing tradition. Irish Independent This eerie mystery thriller, which has also evoked comparisons with Picnic at Hanging Rock, has pitched Donohue as a rising star. Definitely worth a look. RTE Guide