Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: "The Twisted Thread" by Charlotte Bacon

Provided Via: Netgalley
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: 6/14/11

The Scoop: (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.

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 Take:

The Twisted Thread is a sneak peek behind the secret and lies festering at a New England prep school. Madeline is the fish-out-of-water who is not only still trying to figure out her surroundings, but is now thrust in the middle of a murder and missing person investigation.

These guys would have this one solved in 2.2 seconds.

Claire is your typical (seemingly), beautiful, "popular girl" who has suddenly turned up dead in her dorm room. Not only that, apparently she was secretly pregnant, had just delivered, and to top it all off the baby is now missing. Baby Daddy TBD.

Maybe Maury can help...

Madeline finds herself trying to get to the bottom of the sordid story by talking to everyone who knew Claire. The "mean girls" at Armitage Academy are members of Claire's secret society and possibly the best candidates for the cover up. It seems that Claire also had quite a few boyfriends and everyone is a suspect. The teachers are keeping secrets also and I enjoyed trying to get to the bottom of all of their mysteries.

Madeline has a couple of love interests herself. When not teaching or detecting, she has some well-written moments with each of them. With Armitage-alumni-turned-cop, Matt, being my fave. The relationship develops naturally. No Cupid's arrow unbelievably "drawing them together" here.

Some YA authors may think you are real, but you are not. You sure are a cutie pie though!
 The story is told from multiple points of view which can sometimes distract from the narrative rather than add to it. The mystery plot is a good one and the ultimate villain is a surprise at the end. Some of the other sub-plots are just not as strong. Overall, I enjoyed The Twisted Thread and the mystery kept me entertained.


  1. Great review format. Bahaha. Maybe Maury can help. Sounds like an entertaining read.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

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    Adding this book to my TBR pile!

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