The Temple House Vanishing

Rachel Donohue / Fiction

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UK Publisher

Atlantic Books (Corvus)

A stunning, searing investigation of power, jealousy and desire from one of Ireland’s most exciting new voices. Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic male art teacher disappeared without trace…

In an elite Catholic girls’ boarding-school run by nuns, the pupils live in a cloistered, repressive atmosphere. Three of the girls – Louisa, Helen and Victoria – seeking to break from their stifling world, become infatuated with the young, bohemian male art teacher and act out wildly as a result. As the relationship between these three girls intensifies, it becomes ever more fraught, taking on a darkly jealous undercurrent that threatens to turn dangerous. That is, until Louisa and the art teacher suddenly disappear.

Years later, a journalist uncovers the troubled past of the school and determines to resolve the mystery of the missing pair. But the search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives, bring a body to the surface, and lay a lost soul to rest.  The Temple House Girls is a stunning, intensely atmospheric novel of unrequited longing, dark obsession and uneasy consequences.


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