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Catherine House

(2020)
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“[A] delicious literary Gothic debut.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, EDITORS' CHOICE

“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.” – THE WASHINGTON POST

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A gothic-infused debut of literary suspense, set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s promise of prestige.

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Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study with its experimental curriculum, wildly selective admissions policy, and formidable endowment, has produced some of the world’s best minds: prize-winning authors, artists, inventors, Supreme Court justices, presidents. For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years—summers included—completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises a future of sublime power and prestige, and that its graduates can become anything or anyone they desire.

Among this year’s incoming class is Ines Murillo, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline—only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. Even the school’s enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore, to expand their minds, to find themselves within the formidable iron gates of Catherine. For Ines, it is the closest thing to a home she’s ever had. But the House’s strange protocols soon make this refuge, with its worn velvet and weathered leather, feel increasingly like a gilded prison. And when tragedy strikes, Ines begins to suspect that the school—in all its shabby splendor, hallowed history, advanced theories, and controlled decadence—might be hiding a dangerous agenda within the secretive, tightly knit group of students selected to study its most promising and mysterious curriculum.

Combining the haunting sophistication and dusky, atmospheric style of Sarah Waters with the unsettling isolation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Catherine House is a devious, deliciously steamy, and suspenseful page-turner with shocking twists and sharp edges that is sure to leave readers breathless.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Elisabeth Thomas is a magician of a writer who expertly blends a deeply atmospheric boarding-school story with a futuristic sci-fi mystery in Catherine House. A grown-up, sophisticated version of Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall, this dazzling debut will have you turning the pages late into the night." - Angie Kim

"Elisabeth Thomas had me mesmerized from the first page. Dreamy and brimming with dread, Catherine House will swallow you whole." - Rory Power

"With this astonishing debut, Elisabeth Thomas has conjured an immersive, intoxicating world that left me as reluctant as its characters were to leave it behind. I inhaled the novel in a single, glorious weekend, but Catherine House and its denizens will linger with me for a very long time." - Robin Wasserman


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Title: Catherine House: 'It's almost impossible not to be seduced' Louise O'Neill
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Title: Catherine House: 'It's almost impossible not to be seduced' Louise O'Neill
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Title: Catherine House: A Novel
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Title: Catherine House
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Title: Catherine House: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-09-415692-2 / 978-1-09-415692-7
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May 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Catherine House: Library Edition
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ISBN: 1-09-415691-4 / 978-1-09-415691-0
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May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Catherine House
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May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Catherine House
Author(s): Elisabeth Thomas
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May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Catherine House
Author(s): Elisabeth Thomas
Publisher: Tinder Press
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May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Catherine House: A Novel
Author(s): Elisabeth Thomas
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May 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Catherine House: 'It's almost impossible not to be seduced' Louise O'Neill
Author(s): Elisabeth Thomas
Publisher: Tinder Press
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May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Catherine House: A Novel
Author(s): Elisabeth Thomas
Publisher: Custom House
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