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Catherine House

A Novel

by Elisabeth Thomas

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  • Mary O. (Boston, MA)
    Unsettling page turner!
    I love debut novels and this was mesmerizing. It held my attention from the first page! The backdrop of Catherine House is haunting and disturbing and you feel like you are an actor in it yourself. If you like disturbing gothic mysteries, this book is for you!
  • Marie J. (Naples, FL)
    I found this book very interesting even though I was told I didn't have to read it. It has my attention to the end. I seldom guessed what was going to happen. Subject matter was not something I would have chosen to read about as I'm not always comfortable with it. I found the characters well developed and became involved with their personalities. I would have liked more information on the main character. One objection that I had about the book was the degree of immorality. I don't have a problem if a book has some immorality in it but I thought this was excessive. I didn't see where it added at all to the character of the book or the purpose of the book if there was a purpose. this might make me hesitate to recommend it to some of my fellow did not prevent me from reading the book and reasonably enjoying it. I do not think that the fact of where it took place and how old the characters were that it would prevent anyone from consider it a good read.
  • Linda M. (Lititz, PA)
    Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
    I really enjoyed what I would describe as a YA mystery. There was a good plot and background, lots of twists and turns in between the pages. I found the construction of the characters personalities very interesting. The dynamics of roommates at the school and friends was a great plot and mystery itself.
  • Brad B. (Tucson, AZ)
    So Much Here.
    How I feel about the book 3 stars; how I thought about the book 4.5 starts. "Catherine House" is somewhere in between (or nowhere near at all) Bardugo's "Ninth House" and Tartt's "Secret History" but more Gothic.
    Thomas's genius is apparent in her ability to construct and develop a place, mood, and overall vibe see: spooky and enigmatic. The plot is too slow for the average fan of thrillers and too meandering in the unknown for most but I enjoyed getting lost in the esoteric details.
  • Jennie R.
    Impressive first novel...
    I was impressed with the book overall; finishing in two days, as I found the story compelling, almost seductive. A school students attend for three years straight, with an almost guaranteed future, but with no contact from the outside and no visitors and no belongings of their own. You know there has to be a catch. The faded grandeur that was Catherine House, the brokenness of the students, and then, the plasm pins...all contributed the creepiness. I had vivid mental pictures of many of the main characters, Ines, Baby, Yaya, Theo and of course, the enigmatic Viktoria. And while I found none of them at all likable, they were interesting, edgy and smart. I left the book with a number of unanswered questions and while one part of me wanted to know more, I have an appreciation for authors who leave things to the readers’ imaginations.
  • Darcy C. (San Diego, CA)
    Good but could have been great
    I liked this book very much. I wanted more than the author would give me. I wanted to know more about the main character's life. What made her dark and edgy? More about her relationship with her parents, her family life.

    I was able to imagine a fascinating old school and the author gave vivid descriptions of different buildings and various hiding places. The other students at the University were intriguing and I desperately wanted to know more about them and get to know them better. They felt two-dimensional, rather flat.

    My overall description of this book is that the author didn't flesh out the characters enough. What made them tick? When the students were in the tower for "getting their attitude straightened out" I wanted to know more about the tower. Again, not enough description to flesh out the tower and its place at the school both figuratively and literally. I thought this was an opportunity to tell more about the tower and if students were afraid of it and if people were different after coming out of the tower.

    The overall story completely captivated my attention. The protagonist was very likable and her friends were really interesting, as well. I believe if the author fleshed out the characters more in the story --- this book would have been excellent. Overall a terrific book to read.
  • Kristen H. (Hagerstown, MD)
    For this being a first book by this author it is well written. The story line is good and it does draw you in and keeps you interested in the story.
    The characters are introduced well and their story lines are interesting. Entering Catherine House apparently, you need to meet certain requirements. It leads one to believe that the application process is one that you would fill out for an elite private school. However, once you learn about the characters you notice that they all have lots of similarities that aren't extraordinary and none have a rich background. This one is a good one for a book club discussion.

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