The Twisted Thread
Author Charlotte Bacon
Release Date: June 14, 2011
When beautiful but aloof Claire Harkness is found dead in her dorm room one spring morning, prestigious Armitage Academy is shaken to its core. Everyone connected to school, and to Claire, finds their lives upended, from the local police detective who has a personal history with the academy, to the various faculty and staff whose lives are immersed in the daily rituals associated with it. Everyone wants to know how Claire died, at whose hands, and more importantly, where the baby that she recently gave birth to is a baby that almost no one, except her small innermost circle, knew she was carrying. At the center of the investigation is Madeline Christopher, an intern in the English department who is forced to examine the nature of the relationship between the school s students and the adults meant to guide them. As the case unravels, the dark intricacies of adolescent privilege at a powerful institution are exposed, and both teachers and students emerge as suspects as the novel rushes to its thrilling conclusion.
Review: The Twisted Thread offers promising snippets for a murder mystery wrought with scandal but fails to serve up the excitement and suspense that most readers seek from the genre. Barrages of characters are introduced in the beginning and keep on coming. Details are given in a redundant fashion, which only adds to the confusion of mentally managing characters. Each character comes with a background and appears to have equal weight and importance, which can be a unique writing structure, but in this case had me wondering whose story was it anyways? There is supposed to be a shift in voice when a different character’s (perspective) is given, but I did not ‘hear’ enough deflection in tone to buy it. I was not convinced that any person besides the narrator (author) was telling or recanting the story. Although, there are sympathetic hints and moments, I’m afraid my opinion about the characters that formed during the initial introduction did not change by the end. The stereotypical description was obvious and over-played and because of this, I found the story slow and blasé.
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