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The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History, The Truants is a seductive, unsettling, and beautifully written debut novel of literary suspense--a thrilling exploration of deceit, first love, and the depths to which obsession can drive us.

"One of the best thriller debuts in recent years . . . Propulsive [and] pitch-perfect." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

People disappear when they most want to be seen.

Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat gray skies of East Anglia for one reason: to be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr. Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess's thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna's thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly knit group of rule-breakers--Alec, a courageous South African journalist with a nihilistic streak; Georgie, a seductive, pill-popping aristocrat; and Nick, a handsome geologist with layers of his own.

But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken, until a tragedy shatters their friendships and love affairs, and reveals a terrible secret. Soon Jess must face the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?

An Observer Book of the Year (UK)
A Marie Claire Top 5 Christmas Read (UK)
A Times Best New Crime Novel (UK)
A Guardian Top 10 Golden Age Detective Novel
An Irish Times Best Debut of 2019

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No, and it doesn't sound like it would be my cup of tea. I adore mysteries but not the "hard trouble" kind.

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Nor mine! I like cosies and run a mile from any book exploring the dark side of human relationships.

I also tend to view with suspicion books promoted "for lovers of...", after taking a "Heyer-like" book on a plane trip to find it was about torture of an 18C murder suspect. I was expecting a light Regency romance!

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It has yet to be released in the US but I wonder what the UK readers thought.

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yoyo, I hadn't heard of it but I notice it has good recommendations. Not available in our local library. No surprise there!

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