MOBI The Finishing School

PDF Ç BOOK The Finishing School FREE õ HORTICULTURETRADER Ò ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ The Finishing School Author Joanna Goodman – Horticulturetrader.co.uk In this suspenseful provocative novel of friendship secrets and deceit a successful writer returns to her elite Swiss boarding school to get to An accident but uestions remain Was it a suicide attempt? Or was Cressida pushed? It was no secret that she had a selfish streak and had earned as many enemies as allies in her tenure at the school For her best friend scholarship student Kersti Kuusk the lingering uestions surrounding Cressida's fall continue to nag long after she leaves the LycéeKersti marries and becomes a bestselling writer but never stops wondering about Cressida's obsession with the Helvetian Society a secret club banned years before their arrival at the school and a pair of its memb It has been 20 years since Kersti Kuusk set foot on the grounds of the Lycée the prestigious boarding school she attended as a teen Kersti was a scholarship student from Canada at the elite school and she left abruptly in her senior year after her best friend Cressida fell from her balcony one evening The school declared the event an accident but now Kersti finds herself unconvinced A timely letter from another of her school friends brings up uestions was Cressida pushed or did she attempt suicide? Kersti knows that Cressida had become increasingly obsessed with a secret society within the Lycée banned since the 1970s when two of its members were expelled As the school plans a celebration of its 100th anniversary Kersti considers returning She also starts looking further into Cressida's fall However some secrets are meant to stay buried THE FINISHING SCHOOL is told in alternating chapters between the present day and Kersti's school years leading up to Cressida's fall from the balcony This effective techniue certainly creates tension and suspense leading you to madly flip the pages trying to figure out what happened particularly to Kersti's group of friends at the Lycée twenty years ago The novel pulls you in fairly uickly and hooks you rather rapidly Goodman is uite adept at capturing the voices of her characters especially the teens and the boarding school passages are rather effective They are also great at making you want to never send your child to boarding school Parts of it reminded me of Tana French's THE SECRET PLACE in that wayFor me the only thing that held this book back was that some of the plot was a little weird mostly some of the things relating to Kersti's personal life and her obsession with Cressida They didn't necessarily seem reuired for the story to be successful but they bothered me It's a shame because overall I liked Kersti and I felt a connection with her Present day Kersti is suffering from infertility and as someone who has been there I can say that Goodman captures that angst very well I just wasn't sure about some of her choices At times some of the school drama gets a little tedious but it picks up as the novel gains momentum especially near the end I figured out parts of the plot but not all of it and I was uite frantic to finish the last portions of the book to put it all together It's uite a dark and twisted tale overall Certainly worth a read 35 stars I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss thank you; it is available everywhere as of 04112017Blog Twitter Facebook Google

MOBI ☆ The Finishing School ✓ Joanna Goodman

In this suspenseful provocative novel of friendship secrets and deceit a successful writer returns to her elite Swiss boarding school to get to the bottom of a tragic accident that took place while she was a student twenty years earlierHow far would you go to uncover the truth?One spring night in 1998 the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth floor balcony at the Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic conseuences Loath to draw negative publicity to the school a bastion of European wealth and glamour officials uickly dismiss the incident as 4 stars Gripping Shocking Haunting Suspenseful I read Joanna Goodman’s latest novel The Home For Unwanted Girls in August and absolutely adored it When I was presented with the opportunity to go to a reading by Joanna Goodman tonight – can’t wait I decided to pick up her previous book to get in ‘full fan mode’ This story follows Kersti Kuusk a published Canadian author who spent her high school years on scholarship at the prestigious and wealthy Lycee Internationale school in Switzerland Kersti’s last year of school at the Lycee ended with her best friend Cressida falling from a fourth story balcony causing complete devastation among staff and students Cressida’s fall is determined to be an accident and the investigation is uickly closed Twenty years after leaving the Lycee Kersti is invited back to be a guest speaker at the school’s 100th anniversary Thoughts of returning to the school spark new cause for Kersti to reexamine exactly what happened to Cressida Was it a suicide attempt? Was it an accident? Was she pushed? Kersti cannot let her mind rest until she finds some answersThis novel turned out to be nothing like I expected This story has so many layers some of them delving into dark and disturbing territory The intricate plot unfolds through two timelines Kersti’s high school years at the Lycee and present day I enjoyed the way the story evolved – each chapter added a new detail or twist interweaving characters and providing hidden links from past to present There were a few aspects of the present day storyline that I thought were unnecessary At times it felt as if there was a bit too much going on and less might have been However everything came together seamlessly in the end leaving me satisfied and looking forward to from this authorThis was a Traveling Sister read with Brenda and we both are excited to see what Joanna Goodman comes out with next To find this review along with Brenda’s review please visit our blog at Finishing School is available now

Joanna Goodman ✓ The Finishing School BOOK

The Finishing SchoolErs who were expelled When Kersti is invited as a guest to the Lycée's 100th Anniversary she begins probing the cover up unearthing a frightening underbelly of lies and abuse at the prestigious establishment And in one portentous moment Kersti makes a decision that will connect her to Cressida forever and raise the stakes dangerously high in her own desire to solve the mystery and redeem her pastAn unputdownable read as clever as it is compelling The Finishing School offers a riveting glimpse into a privileged rarefied world in which nothing is as it appear In summing up this book I’d first be inclined to define it by a lack of self awareness My initial suspicion the first hint of Something Deeply Wrong was the selfishness of the characters how they’d talk at but not to one another I’d hoped that would be resolved; and it was Would that that had been my only issue and would that I could still believe that some truly problematic elements were the fault of Ms Goodman’s lack of self awareness rather than something much worseThe sirens grew louder A first time that was or less a date rape coerced intoxication and painful sex framed as “a perfect night” I waited for the main character to come to her senses for the man to be punished Nothing After that womanhood defined and ualified by fertility motherhood and a particular sort of performative femininity; nonetheless there was an undercurrent of dislike beneath all of Kersti’s friendships a subscription to the truly BS notion that other women are competition before they are allies The main character and her husband do nothing but argue and the band aid is a creepy pregnancy which does little to remove the fundamental disrespect and disinterest from all of their dialogue It was clear by the first fifty pages that Ms Goodman and I were not of like minds and that the world she knew operated under very prescriptive patriarchal rules Men and women were at the heart of it incompatible species prizes before people and all heterosexual interactions were characterized by vague resentmentAnd then I knew I was going to hate it as soon as she had the nerve to disparagingly say “a homosexual” If only it had stopped there No; our villain is some right wing caricature of a lesbian who is of course also a child molester Ms Goodman did not forget to tell us that this character was “boyish” and thus obviously unattractive; her partner was likewise repellent and introduced with comments about her poor hygiene It was the height of lazy writing picking an “Other” and transubstantiating it into a bogeyman But to call it lazy makes light of just how dangerous this schlock isIt’s 2018 my friends It’s naive to conceive of any sort of safety in sameness; that’s simply ignorance Yet ignorance is comfortable and in unuestioningly propagating both toxic heterosexual relationships and apocryphal villainous lesbians the stuff of which is readily used by Well Meaning White Ladies to justify their own and others’ oppression the author lays bare her own ignorance She could have made a compelling statement against abuse but the abuse is just the shock factor here She points an accusatory finger at her little caricature while missing her date rapists her fatphobia her racism she mentions Asian characters a handful of times and they are predictably OtheredThis sht is insidious It isn’t always the pundit frothing on AM radio Sometimes it’s a beach read that reminds you that we’ve still got a long way to go