Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic teacher disappeared without trace...
In an elite Catholic girls' boarding-school the pupils live under the repressive, watchful gaze of the nuns. Seeking to break from the cloistered atmosphere two of the students - Louisa and Victoria - quickly become infatuated with their young, bohemian art teacher, and act out passionately as a result. That is, until he and Louisa suddenly disappear.
Years later, a journalist uncovers the troubled past of the school and determines to resolve the mystery of the missing pair. The search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest.
I read this in under 2 days, so that probably tells you something about this book! This is an amazing debut from an Irish writer, who I think will become a household name. Ireland is the land of storytellers and I love discovering new Irish authors who capture the storytelling part of our culture and transfer it so beautifully from pen to paper.
The Temple House Vanishing is a beautifully enigmatic story that brings us down the familiar road of being a teenager and facing the many doubts and worries that you are confronted with. There is an ocean of emotions that you don't understand and it is also a time of existential questioning and wondering who you really are as a person.
Donohue also gives us a glimpse into life in Ireland at a certain time. The power of the Catholic Church in education and every day life might seem to strange to those who aren't from Ireland, but it is a reality that can still sometimes be found today.
I cannot wait to see what else comes from Rachel Donohue,
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'I left behind bits and pieces of myself as a result. But I thought it a form of sophistication, so didn't ever question it.
Or wonder if it might be worth the sacrifice of other things, other parts of me.'
Louisa, I feel that so many of us can connect with the emotional turmoil she experiences during this book. Being a teenager is hard and the mix of emotions that you can't understand are so well portrayed through Louisa.