From the Sunday Times and international bestselling, multi prize-winning author, comes a powerful and explosive twist-riddled suspense - a feminist Agatha Christie for our modern times.
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It's an incendiary moment for St Oswald's school. For the first time in its history a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to female students.
Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the ambitions she has sown. But as the ground shifts beneath the old guards' feet, a body is discovered, along with a Prefect's badge from another school...
But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She'll bury the past, just like she has done before.
Even if that means murder.
Praise for Joanne Harris's previous books set in the St Oswald's world - which all read as standalone thrillers:
'A masterpiece of misdirection' Val McDermid
'Delivers an almighty twist . . . brilliantly atmospheric ' The Times
'Crime novel or literary novel? Categories really don't matter; readers will find themselves comprehensively gripped' Independent
'[A] gripping psychological thriller . . . Harris is one of our most accomplished novelists' Daily Express
'Marvellously mischievous' Good Housekeeping
'A classic whodunnit with the characters carefully crafted and the tension at a knife edge' Sunday Express
'[A] delicious black comedy' Daily Mail
JOANNE HARRIS is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.