Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Author:  Thomas H. Cook
Genre:  Psychological Suspense
Published:  1996
Personal Rating:  3.5/5
Yearly Count:  123

Henry Griswald, son of the Headmaster at Chatham School, recounts the events that unfolded in his hometown of Massachusetts back in 1926.  As an adult, Henry remembers when a new teacher arrives at the private school for boys and introduces new thoughts and ideas to some eager minds.       

Over the years, the "flashback" strategy has grown on me.  In some books, I wouldn't have wanted the story told in any other way.  That is not true for this one - I would have preferred this memory to be told in a straight forward fashion.  The frequent flashbacks (first half of the book) provided scant information and I just wanted it to move onward. The second half was much better regarding the flashbacks, but the details that were remembered (decades later) were implausible.  So, ultimately it was good, but flawed in ways that impacted my enjoyment.  There is still a book or two of Cook's earlier work on my TBR list that I would still like to read; this one hasn't deterred me.


  1. This is about the same way I felt with this one Joy.

    Have a great day!


  2. Amy ~ I was hoping for more, but it was still good. Happy reading, Amy! :)

  3. Joy, sorry you didn't get as much enjoyment out of this novel, hopefully you will out of the next one.

  4. Dar ~ My current read isn't as good as I had hope either. I'm beginning to drag through it. :( Please send some happy reading vibes my way. :)

  5. I'm sending some happy reading vibes right now Joy. It's no fun when you're not enjoying your books. I almost hate to say this but I just finished another great novel. I'll have my review up soon. Grab onto those vibes-they're coming...

  6. I've had this one on my TBR pile for a long time, and just can't seem to actually pick it up. Seems maybe I've been intuitively correct. Though hopefully one day I will really get to it.

  7. I enjoyed this book but I remember always thinking "just let me know what you're hinting at already!"

  8. Debi ~ I think this one is pretty popular among the Cook books (tee hee) - in the long run, it was good. It could have been a lot worse, so I'll take it. :)

    Eileen ~ Even once "stuff" was shared, it wasn't satisfying for me - especially after so much build up.


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