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An electrifying tale of psychological suspense and revenge at an elite boarding school where secrets run deep.
"A dark world of emotional complexity and betrayal, where twist follows twist and nothing is what it seems."—Alex Michaelides, bestselling author of The Silent Patient
"Exhilarating. Addictive. Fierce."—Bridget Collins, bestselling author of The Binding
"A psychological thriller you can't put down and an antiheroine you won't forget."—Harlan Coben
Now I'm in charge, the gates are my gates. The rules are my rules.
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 girls.
Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of her ambition. As the new regime takes on the old guard, the ground shifts. And with it, the remains of a body are discovered.
But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She'll bury the past so deep it will evade even her own memory, just like she has done before. After all...
You can't keep a good woman down.
In 2006, Rebecca Buckfast, the protagonist of Harris's enthralling third thriller set at St. Oswald's (after 2016's Different Class), becomes the first female head in the Yorkshire school's 500-year history. Before her appointment, St. Oswald's was a bastion of male entitlement. Under Rebecca's reign, girls have been admitted and change is in the air. At the building site of the new sports hall, four of Latin master Roy Straitley's students see what might be a body, partially submerged in a muddy sinkhole. They tell Straitley, who takes the matter to Rebecca, but he senses that she already knows about the body. With Scheherazade-like skill, she tells Straitley her tale, teasing out the story over the coming weeks. Rebecca's account of the devastating effects that her older brother's disappearance had on her family, and events that subsequently took place in 1989 when she was a substitute teacher at his grammar school, alternate with excerpts from Straitley's 2006 diary. Harris keeps the suspense high all the way to the exhilarating ending. This spectacular feat of storytelling will seduce the reader from page one. Agent: Michael Carlisle, InkWell Management.