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Catherine House

Catherine House

‘A delicious literary gothic debut’ New York Times

During your three years at Catherine House, you will have no contact with those in the outside world.


You will not leave the grounds during your time at the college.

If we believe you have wandered from the path of learning, you may be sent to the tower.

Each of our students has been selected as someone who belongs here at Catherine. You will give to Catherine, and Catherine will give to you. We will not let each other down.

Catherine House is a university like no other. Into its celebrated world steps Ines, a young woman who welcomes the school’s isolation rather than its illustrious past. As the gates close and Ines finds herself start to be inevitably seduced by its magnetic power, she also begins to realise the question isn’t why she chose to come to Catherine House; but why Catherine House chose her.

Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step’ Washington Post

‘Echoes of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go’ Daily Mail
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 12th May 2020

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781472262455

Reviews

Thomas's debut novel is a dark, delicious gothic read that hits all the right spots in the best way. If you want a book you can't put down for even a second, this is it
Forbes, 10 most anticipated books of 2020
A gothic-infused debut set in a secluded, elite university
Cosmopolitan, Best Books for 2020 by POC authors
A gothic Never Let Me Go style tale with Bennington College undertones
Caroline O'Donoghue
Catherine House is a deliciously sinister novel that bristles with an unsettling glamour. It's almost impossible not to be seduced by Elisabeth Thomas's beautiful writing and the intoxicating world she has created
Louise O'Neill
Elisabeth Thomas had me mesmerized from the first page. Dreamy and brimming with dread, Catherine House will swallow you whole
Rory Power, author of THE WILDER GIRLS
A brilliantly observed tale brimming with subtle malevolence. An atmospheric, hypnotic delight
Irenosen Okojie
Spellbinding... Surreal imagery, spare characterization, and artful, hypnotic prose lend Thomas's tale a delirious air, but at the book's core lies a profound portrait of depression and adolescent turmoil. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History will devour this philosophical fever dream
Publisher's Weekly
Gothic horror provides the architecture for an arrestingly strange melange of speculative fiction and teen trauma in this atmospheric debut novel . . . nibbling menace spurs the plot onwards
Observer
Echoes of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go contribute an intriguing undercurrent to this unsettling gothic concoction
Daily Mail
Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step
Washington Post
Catherine House is a haunting, atmospheric reflection on the discovery of self and others. At times terrifying, always gorgeously captivating, Thomas' debut is one not to be missed, and perhaps to be revisited frequently
Booklist
This has to be one of the most gripping books I've read this year... The read feels claustrophobic, decadent, extreme and sad in equal measure, and I was amazed by the plot
Woman's Way
This suspenseful read is a terrific debut
Woman's Weekly
[A] delicious literary gothic debut
New York Times