The Finishing School Book Û 330 pages ñ Joanna goodman

Epub Ì The Finishing School î Joanna Goodman

Epub Ì The Finishing School î Joanna Goodman 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

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The Finishing School Book Û 330 pages ñ Joanna goodman ñ [Ebook] ➥ The Finishing School Author Joanna Goodman – Insolpro.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 the bottom of a tragic accident Ers 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

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The Finishing SchoolIn 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 The Finishing School is a compelling fast paced story filled with suspense that explores friendship love desire betrayal and dangerous secrets that had me flying through the pages The story starts off simple and the suspense increased as I turned those pages It takes a bit of an odd turn with one storyline that left me feeling a bit uneasy and I wasn’t sure how I felt about that Talking it over with Lindsay we agreed it was odd however it certainly added some conversation to our discussion It is interesting when an author can add something to the story that really gets you talking about it and Joanna Goodman does a great job here with thatI loved the setting here with the Lycee Internationale Suisse finishing school and found it compelling as we get a look into the elite and privilege and the length taken to keep that status untouched The walls hold a decade mystery and the secrets lies and deceit are perfectly paced and revealed right up to that unexpected ending The ending was darker than we expected and that left us with to discussNow even though I read this one with just Lindsay due to timing it would make for a good group discussion We highly recommend for group reads