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‘Rebecca meets The Secret History. Gloriously dark, gloriously gothic’ SARA COLLINS, Costa First Novel Award-winning author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton
For 150 years, Caldonbrae Hall has loomed high above the Scottish cliffs as a beacon of excellence in the ancestral castle of Lord William Hope. A boarding school for girls, it promises that its pupils will emerge ‘resilient and ready to serve society’.
Into its illustrious midst steps Rose Christie, a 26-year-old Classics teacher and new head of department. Rose is overwhelmed by the institution: its arcane traditions, unrivalled prestige, and terrifyingly cool, vindictive students. Her classroom becomes her haven, where the stories of fearless women from ancient Greek and Roman history ignite the curiosity of the girls she teaches and, unknowingly, the suspicions of the powers that be.
But as Rose uncovers the darkness that beats at the very heart of Caldonbrae, the lines between myth and reality grow ever more blurred. It will be up to Rose – and the fierce young women she has come to love – to find a way to escape the fate the school has in store for them, before it is too late.
Perfect for fans of Margaret Atwood and Madeline Miller, Madam is a darkly feminist tale with an electrifying cast of heroines you won’t soon forget.
Rose Christie at 26 years-old had been offered and taken the position of head of her department in the most prestigious school for young ladies. Caldonbrae Hall is a boarding school in Scotland and noted for its excellence and sort after with wealthy families to give their girls high status in society.
Rose is a dedicated teacher, but things are not what they seem to be in the school. Nothing sits right with the pupils with something lurking under the surface that Rose can’t pin down. The girls have a spitefulness about them that never seems to be brought back into line. The school abides by its own rules of pupils always being right. A very frightening prospect as Rose discovers.
It is a compelling story that I haven’t read anything like before. One that you can see becoming a Netflix top series. The horrors mount while the tragedies escalate. A gripping story that will make the most avid reader have to stop to take a cleansing breath.
I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
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