A Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon
Release Date: June 14 2011
Received from: NetGalley
Cover Thoughts: not a fan. Reminds me of a biography
My Review: I think the reason I read so little books this month is because I started this one at the beginning of the month. This is a book that sounds so interesting. Goodreads says this
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.
With The Twisted Thread, Charlotte Bacon has crafted a gripping and suspenseful story in the tradition of Donna Tartt s The Secret History, one that pulls back the curtain on the lives of the young and privileged.
It just sounds like it would be so excited and full of drama! I was excited to read it. But it took me a full month to read this book. It was so drawn out and boring. There was so many characters
To start you met Madeline Christopher. I think if the story had fully focused on her, the book would have moved smoother and it would have been nice. To be honest the book almost needed to be written from each characters perspective and written like the Twisted Tales Series, where you picked your story. Madeline herself was involved with Fred, who to me was a completely pointless story that, well he was an extra character who could have been completely removed and you won't have even noticed him missing. Their romance felt forced.
Then there's Kate, Madeline's sister. I am not sure what her importance in the book was. Especially after it was establish that Kate would not reveal anything about the secret society. Maybe if Kate had told Madeline and later the police about it, her role in the book would have made sense.
There was way to much background stories on each character.
Harvey - one of the teachers, a suspect at one point. His relevance to the story I got
Porter - Headmaster of the school.
Tamsin - Porter's secretary, she does something very stupid and I don't get why she would do that. What was being held against her, by Porter was completely stupid and is no reason for what she did.
Matt Corelli - head cop on the case. Who falls for Madeline. Has a father named Joseph and a sister named Barbara and an ex-wife named Ann. Who needs all that information, it's not relevant to the story.
Vernon Cates - was life the comedy relief in the book. But only barely. Has a wife Kathy who turned him into a Vegan and then have three kids...
Jim - the maintenance dude. Tasmin and him... well I've already given allot of away but lets just say they crash. Jim's mom is Angela. They go on and on and on about Angela and her stroke and getting her nails and hair done. How great Kayla is and blah blah blah...
Kayla - she has importance near then end, but that's about it.
Claire - the one who died. Her reasons for doing everything she did are pretty selfish. But I kinda get it.
I just thought there would be more to it.
Scotty Johnson - at first I was really annoyed by Scotty. But his role in the story is pretty interesting. I like the way things turned out.
All in all I kept reading because I just wanted there to be more! I wanted to know why things had happened. It was just to drawn out and there was to much. The characters I listed above are only half of the people you met in the first 40 pages. You met way more and have to keep track of them all. It was extremely confusing. In the end, the book then had to go through each character and tell you their side and role throughout the story. The idea of the story was brilliant, I do think Charlotte could have used a better editor and had allot of the story taken out. Which would have made it flow a million times better and been a nicer read.