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Release Date- February 20th 2020
Kindle Edition-336 pages

Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic teacher disappeared without trace…

In an elite Catholic girls’ boarding-school the pupils live under the repressive, watchful gaze of the nuns. Seeking to break from the cloistered atmosphere two of the students – Louisa and Victoria – quickly become infatuated with their young, bohemian art teacher, and act out passionately as a result. That is, until he and Louisa suddenly disappear.

Years later, a journalist uncovers the troubled past of the school and determines to resolve the mystery of the missing pair. The 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 uneasy consequences. 

The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

Not really sure about this one not because there is anything majorly wrong with it, it’s definitely well written that I do not fault it on, its just I found it to be rather slow-moving and somewhat tedious and because of this I did find myself skimming a lot. The language used here is eloquent and lyrical in all its descriptions of life at Temple House and you can almost imagine and place yourself centre stage experiencing the angst and total over the top dramatics and reactions that this age always seems to experience but its the very fact that nothing really happens and you are just kind of left on a precipe of expectation that never actually delivers. In short, this sets the stage splendidly but then fails to follow through as it promises. Its told in a then and now fashion using the eyes of Lousia herself as she traverses the pitfalls of life as a new scholarship student at this exclusive school and the now where a journalist is trying to shed some new light on the now 25-year cold case. I myself preferred the now part of the narrative as not much seemed to happen in the past. What kept me turning the pages ultimately was wanting to know just what happened to Louisa and her teacher Mr Lavette and though I did get closure and I liked the final ending from Louise even in a sense finding it slightly fitting that she should finish the story as she did I also found this never built enough momentum along the way to truly engage me and invest me in the events unfolding. Though I was looking forward to this immensely, unfortunately, this was rather disappointing.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of The Temple House Vanishing.