The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue @CorvusBooks #TheTempleHouseVanishing #NetGalley #NewRelease


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 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.


The Temple House Vanishing


Louisa thought that she would have been treated like an equal at Temple House after she had won a scholarship there, but the attitude of the other pupils let her know differently. They, after all, were students whose parents had paid for their right to be there, but there was one exception, a pupil who befriended Louisa. Victoria was different and so was the young art teacher, Mr Lavelle where soon a dangerous friendship developed between the three of them.

Although this is partly set in the 1990s it actually feels quite dateless, that is perhaps because I have no personal experience of Catholic schools that were run by nuns. Even the girls seem of a time period way before when it is set.

Twenty-five years later, a reporter that knew Lousia before she had attended the Catholic school decides that a long enough time has elapsed since Louisa went missing from the school the same time that the art teacher vanished too and she is determined to find out what really happened.

As the reporter begins to dig and ask questions the past seems to creep up on you rather than jump in your face with all the answers. My conclusions were continually changing, from certainty to impossible, from the guilty to the innocent. The majority of the characters are teenagers with raging hormones that make everything more intense. It is a very atmospheric read where being surrounded by fellow pupils can be the loneliest place. You know that something has to give but it was more shocking than I had thought.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Rachel Donohue graduated from University College, Dublin, in Philosophy and Politics before embarking on a career in communications and media relations. She lives in Dublin, and The Temple House Vanishing is her first novel



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