The Temple House Vanishing

Rachel Donohue / Fiction

Book cover

UK Publisher

Corvus

US Publisher

Algonquin

Date Published

February 20th, 2020

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 from 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 disappear without trace.

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 will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest.

The Temple House Vanishing is a stunning, intensely atmospheric novel of unrequited longing, dark obsession and unintended consequences.


Reviews

Clean prose, subtle characters and intrigue to keep the pages turning ... A hugely promising debut.

- Mike McCormack

Chilling. Promises to be the outstanding debut of 2020.

- Christine Dwyer Hickey

Exquisite ... This is some debut

- Jo Spain

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