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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Voice (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341500
  • ASIN: B005IUN2OI
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Bacon's multifaceted first novel, untidy Madeline Christopher, an "intern" English teacher at Armitage Academy, an elite New England boarding school, returns from her morning jog to learn that a student of hers, Claire Harkness, has been killed in her dorm room. Claire, who had concealed a pregnancy, had recently given birth, though there's no sign of the child. Madeline, who uncovers a malevolent clique that turns against her, shares her information with handsome detective Matt Corelli, who has his own past with the school. While suspicion swirls around Claire's boyfriend, Scotty Johnston, tension mounts between working-class staff, students, and town residents. Dropped rather than twisted plot threads and a lack of actual detection may disappoint whodunit purists, but appealing characters and the intelligent depiction of an insular community hold attention throughout. Bacon's short story collection, A Private State, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1998. (June)

About the Author

Charlotte Bacon graduated from Harvard University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. Her published books include A Private State, Lost Geography, There Is Room for You and Split Estate. Her debut collection of stories, A Private State, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1997.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez VINE VOICE on April 12, 2011
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This starts out like any other murder mystery when a young student at a VERY wealthy boarding school is discovered dead in her room-that's when the first twist hits, she had just given birth to a baby boy, but none of the adults knew she was even pregnant AND now the baby is missing! The plot follows a teacher, a detective, and a maintenance man as they try to put the pieces together and find out not only who did this, and where the baby is, but who the father is...

The story moves very quickly and although you're following different characters, it's still easy to follow. There are some very interesting twists (which I don't want to tell you b/c it will ruin the story for you), and I didn't see the end coming, but in a good way!!

Overall, it's very well written and I would recommend this as a great adolescent novel or a quick weekend read for adults too!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2011
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The Twisted Thread fits into the genre of novels I tend to enjoy: tales about small, insular communities that aren't as pristine as they appear from the outside. There's something about the closed atmosphere of a place like a boarding school that lends it particularly to crime tales. It's irresistibly intriguing to get a peek into a world like this, even a fictional one.

When taken from that angle, I found this to be a novel that works. It does a nice job of creating an atmosphere of privilege and showing how that privilege can be abused. However, what makes this particular aspect of it strong is that it's multi-faceted. We see how the haves live, but we also see how stifling that life can be for them. It's easy to dismiss children of privilege as simply being spoiled brats, but I think Bacon did a nice job of showing how difficult the psychological struggles of a life like that can be for those children. Along with the wealth and ease come a lot of indifference and high expectations.

Bacon also does a nice job of creating vivid characters who are interesting and about whom I cared. I really liked Madeline, and she served as a nice device for showing how someone from the outside is trying to penetrate the inner circle of a place like Armitage. I thought Matt and Fred were equally nicely done.

However, what works against this novel is the murder/missing baby plot. While I thought the resolution of the murder plot was okay, but not spectacularly interesting and perhaps just a bit cliched, I did not like the missing baby plot. This particular aspect of the novel just struck me as preposterous, as if the author really had to stretch to try to make it fit the narrative.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Annie VINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
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I could not put this book down! It takes place in an upper class boarding school in New England. A girl dies, and her secrets are slowly revealed. This is a look into the lives of students and faculty. In fact, most of the book revolves around tensions and attitudes of the faculty rather than the students. The narrator is a new hire who discovers facts for herself as she slowly moves the plot forward, detail by detail. All characters are three dimensional, some likeable, some not so likeable, but all exceedingly believable. The plot is intricate, with enough surprising twists and red herrings to suit any reader. I did not guess the ending. This is a well-written, intriguing, seamless novel. Charlotte Bacon has published other novels and an award winning book of short stories. I will definately read more of her work. It's too bad that the highest number of stars I can award this book is limited to five. It deserves a six plus.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rich Stoehr on May 14, 2011
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For a story about scandal and the violent death of a young girl, there's something curiously dispassionate and distant about 'The Twisted Thread' - and I believe that this is entirely intentional.

Charlotte Bacon's novel begins with the discovery of a dead girl on the campus of an exclusive private school for high-school age children. Even the description of the body, half-naked and twisted at an unnatural angle, is weirdly clinical, taking the time to philosophize on the American tendency to keep death at arm's length even as it describes the pallor Claire Harkness' dead skin, "the color of a candle."

The cast of characters ranges from teachers and dorm monitors to the police investigating Claire's death to the headmaster of the school and his family. There's no clear suspect, and the early discovery that Claire had recently (only days before her death) had a child only complicates matters. The whereabouts of the baby are unknown, and its birth was a secret closely kept by those who Claire trusted most - those who wore the braided red thread on their wrist.

Though the driving force of the story is the investigation of Claire's death, 'The Twisted Thread' is not really a murder mystery or a police procedural. It's a story about the privilege of the wealthy, the power of secrets, and the persistence of tradition. It's about simplistic illusions reinforced by narrow judgments and the complicated reality that always seeps through eventually. It's a complex story, told through constantly-changing perspectives of the different characters.

Put simply, 'The Twisted Thread' is a compelling tale, told in a confident and elegant voice. The nature of the story naturally keeps the reader at a distance, as if looking in on the fragile and beautiful world inside a glass snowglobe, where the threat of the real world may well shatter the illusion of perfection, and something as simple as a twisted red thread is as likely to strangle as it is to bind.
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