Title: The Truants
Author: Kate Weinberg
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: January 28, 2020
My Rating: 3/5
Perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History, The Truants is a seductive, unsettling, and beautifully written debut novel of literary suspense–a thrilling exploration of deceit, first love, and the depths to which obsession can drive us.
People disappear when they most want to be seen.
Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat gray skies of East Anglia for one reason: to be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr. Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess’s thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna’s thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly knit group of rule-breakers–Alec, a courageous South African journalist with a nihilistic streak; Georgie, a seductive, pill-popping aristocrat; and Nick, a handsome geologist with layers of his own.
But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken, until a tragedy shatters their friendships and love affairs, and reveals a terrible secret. Soon Jess must face the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?
Jess Walker experiences a lot during her first year of college. She has two main focuses – a love interest and a professor she idolizes. The love interest situation is complicated, and it’s more of a love triangle than anything. The professor is Dr. Lorna Clay, and she’s teaching a class on Agatha Christie that Jess is enrolled in. Jess soon starts to look to Lorna for advice and support.
This is a contemporary novel set on a college campus. There are mysterious happenings in the novel, but I wouldn’t consider this a mystery. It’s an intriguing read with some interesting elements. My favorite parts were those concerning Agatha Christie.
A promising debut novel. Good for fans of The Secret History. Atmospheric, dramatic, and chaotic.
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.