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The Truants (2019)

af Kate Weinberg

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Seductive, unsettling, and beautifully written, The Truants is a debut novel of literary suspense perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History--a thrilling exploration of deceit, first love, and the depths to which obsession can drive us. "This is a remarkably assured debut, deftly plotted and with vivid, compelling characters that leap off the page." --Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You People disappear when they most want to be seen. Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat grey skies of East Anglia for one reason: To be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess's thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna's thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly-knit group of rule-breakers--Alec, a courageous South African journalist with a nihilistic streak; Georgie, a seductive, pill-popping aristocrat; and Nick, a handsome geologist with layers of his own. But when tragedy strikes the group, Jess turns to Lorna. Together, the two seek refuge on a remote Italian island, where Jess tastes the life she's long dreamed of--and uncovers a shocking secret that will challenge everything she's learned.… (mere)
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This was an interesting and very good book, but if failed to reach a five star rating because it went in too many directions and I think tried to do too much. The setup was strong and I cared a lot about our students and the teacher who was the object of awe who are at the heart of the story. The development is nicely done and I found myself very interested to see what was going to happen next. But in the last third of the book it kind of went off the rails and every page was another earth shattering event or another revelation that totally changed your perception of characters and/or events. A little of those things are wonderful, too much and I feel a bit used. There was a trip to what I began to think of in my head as the SYMBOLISM REMOTE COTTAGE where everything that happened was so thick with symbolism I began to not care a bit. It is all built around Agatha Christie, her books and her personal story, and I wonder if I would have gotten more out of it if I had read her books more recently. I read them a lot as a kid but I think, with one exception, it has been 40 years or more since I read them. I think this review may come off as too harsh, the reason I'm pointing out the flaws is that this was definitely a five star book until the train left the tracks. I did "really like it' which is what four stars says. How could I not like a book that has the line "Paralegal drinks every Thursday in the crypts are surprisingly wild..." I'll have to find a crypt in which to drink. I think the overall idea of realizing how difficult it is to pain people or relationships in stark terms is wonderfully delivered here. In life, sometimes you have to not only live with ambiguity but embrace it. As our narrator realizes, "Because in solving something, in pinning it down, in reducing it to one reality, something of the magic is lost." ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
You often hear books described as pageturners. Kate Weinberg has written a true pageturner, a book I couldn't put down until the end. This is one of those books I'll be revisiting in my mind for quite a while.
Jess Walker is a freshman who has come to this college for one reason: Dr. Lorna Clay is teaching seminars about Agatha Christie. She and her friends adore the professor who is a noted rule-breaker. Then it all falls apart.
This is a subtle story, built meticulously in the style of Agatha Christie. Everyone is an unreliable character though the story is told from Jess's POV. There are triangles overlapping more triangles, “deadly triangles, using one point to stab the other.” It's hard to discern sincerity, though Nick, Jess's boyfriend, and Steady, Lorna's partner, seem the only honest persons though they have secrets too.
It's a great ending, one I didn't see coming though I had lots of ideas about how it might finish and was definitely fooled. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jun 23, 2021 |
This is one of my best books of the year to date. There is so much here and Weinberg's mastery of her story is impressive. Jess Walker is a freshman at East Anglia University because she read a book she loved and learned that its author, Dr. Lorna Clay is a professor there. She is also trying to get away from her suburban family and its secrets and her role in the middle of 4 siblings. In her pursuit of this brilliant woman, Jess goes through typical freshie fare: illness away from home, stress over course work, a new best friend and dormmate, Georgie Duncan, and a new boyfriend, Nick. Add in Georgie's new roguish boyfriend, Alec, a journalist from South Africa and Jess has her new posse and a fulfilling semester of fun, freedom, and intellectual growth. At her first big campus party, all the players are present and she reflects: "You spend years trying to climb out of the role your family has you in only to be confused with someone else entirely." Dr. Lorna Clay is a campus favorite, mingling with her students and choosing favorites. Her specialty is Agatha Christie and this novel soon begins to resemble one, because there is an ominous layer of entanglement and triangular relationships. Jess begins to have feelings for Alec, which he encourages. Lorna is somehow embroiled in this and Jess is warned not to trust her. As bright as Jess is, she falls for some stupid stuff. But the author is always one step ahead with another revelation that wows the characters and the reader. The book could lean toward psychological thriller, but in a Henry James, understated way. It never felt manic, and there is not a mystery to solve per se, but there are some pieces to put together and their outcome was beyond my meager guesses. Satisfying and gratifying both. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
It was an interesting story but I feel like it has been done before and that there was nothing different about this one.

Several love triangles, college students and their professors, questionable morals, etc. A lot like The Secret History but it layered in Agatha Christie books as a subplot. ( )
  kayanelson | Aug 5, 2020 |
Truants is definitely a low key Donna Tartt. It has all the elements and the story line is very similar, but lacks the depth of prose and language.
That does not mean it’s not a good book at all. I found it quite intriguing and the story plot completely caught my attention.
Jess is a 19 year old girl and she is as normal as normal comes. Quite ordinary too. That is, until she joins a cosy little clique made up of her, Georgie, Nick and Alec. All of them are inspired -and connected in some way- to Professor Lorna, who teaches English at the University they all attend.
Under Lorna’s magnetic personality, they all come alive. Their lives become intertwined and there is always this looming sense of dread just round the corner that keeps the reader turning the pages.
Inevitably, their lives become disrupted by the intensity of their relationships and their connection is lost by a tragedy.
Denouement comes swiftly and quite unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed how it all came to be, but found the ending a bit stretched for pages. I think we could have done with less psychological rambling about. That would have created more impact, in my humble opinion.
All in all, a good read. Will be keeping an eye out for more from Kate. ( )
  AleAleta | Jul 13, 2020 |
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Seductive, unsettling, and beautifully written, The Truants is a debut novel of literary suspense perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History--a thrilling exploration of deceit, first love, and the depths to which obsession can drive us. "This is a remarkably assured debut, deftly plotted and with vivid, compelling characters that leap off the page." --Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You People disappear when they most want to be seen. Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat grey skies of East Anglia for one reason: To be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess's thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna's thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly-knit group of rule-breakers--Alec, a courageous South African journalist with a nihilistic streak; Georgie, a seductive, pill-popping aristocrat; and Nick, a handsome geologist with layers of his own. But when tragedy strikes the group, Jess turns to Lorna. Together, the two seek refuge on a remote Italian island, where Jess tastes the life she's long dreamed of--and uncovers a shocking secret that will challenge everything she's learned.

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