Catherine House (Paperback)
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Catherine House (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 10/12/2020
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Waterstones Says

Filled with slow-burning menace and intoxicating atmosphere, this richly imagined debut about a young woman who enters an illustrious institution to get away from the world pays exquisite contemporary tribute to the darkest kind of gothic novel.

During your three years at Catherine House you will have no contact with those in the outside world. Each of our students has been selected as someone who belongs here. You will give to Catherine and Catherine will give to you. We will not let each other down.

Catherine House is a university like no other. Into its celebrated world steps Ines, a young woman who welcomes the school's isolation rather than its illustrious past. As the gates close and Ines finds herself start to be inevitably seduced by its magnetic power, she begins to realise the question isn't why she chose to come to Catherine House; but why Catherine House chose her.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472262448
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 232 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A delicious, diverse, genre-bending gothic, as smart as it is spooky - Chloe Benjamin

Catherine House is a deliciously sinister novel that bristles with an unsettling glamour. It's almost impossible not to be seduced by Elisabeth Thomas's beautiful writing and the intoxicating world she has created - Louise O'Neill

[A] delicious literary gothic debut - New York Times

Echoes of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go contribute an intriguing undercurrent to this unsettling gothic concoction - Daily Mail

This has to be one of the most gripping books I've read this year... The read feels claustrophobic, decadent, extreme and sad in equal measure, and I was amazed by the plot - Woman's Way

This suspenseful read is a terrific debut - Woman's Weekly

Gothic horror provides the architecture for an arrestingly strange melange of speculative fiction and teen trauma in this atmospheric debut novel . . . nibbling menace spurs the plot onwards - Observer

A brilliantly observed tale brimming with subtle malevolence. An atmospheric, hypnotic delight - Irenosen Okojie

Thomas's debut novel is a dark, delicious gothic read that hits all the right spots in the best way. If you want a book you can't put down for even a second, this is it - Forbes, 10 most anticipated books of 2020

Spellbinding... Surreal imagery, spare characterization, and artful, hypnotic prose lend Thomas's tale a delirious air, but at the book's core lies a profound portrait of depression and adolescent turmoil. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History will devour this philosophical fever dream - Publisher's Weekly

Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step - Washington Post

Catherine House is a haunting, atmospheric reflection on the discovery of self and others. At times terrifying, always gorgeously captivating, Thomas' debut is one not to be missed, and perhaps to be revisited frequently - Booklist

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“A lush, atmospheric debut novel”

This gothic dark academic novel absolutely swept me away. I was enthralled right from the start and devoured it in an afternoon. Absolutely one of my top books of 2020. A gem of a book.

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Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader

“Not what I expected!”

Catherine House is not what I expected. I struggled to finish this book. I continued to read, though, determined to find out the secret and to see how Ines story plays out. Catherine House is a strange book. A... More

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“Great idea but lost its spark”

I was attracted to the novel Catherine House by it's enticing synopsis. Unfortunately i found both the characters and plot jarring and i struggled with the book as a whole, which is a shame as it could have been... More

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