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The Twisted Thread Paperback – Bargain Price, June 14, 2011
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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!
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.Read more ›
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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I find this book to be very wordy and boring. I am only a quarter of the way through and I don't know if I will make it.Published 16 months ago by Amanda Messick
I live and work in a boarding school and am a complete sucker for books presented in that setting. Some have been truly compelling (Jane Eyre, Old School, The Vicar of Justin, The... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Kind Reader
This was my first introduction to this author and I look forward to more. Her character development pulls you in and she keeps you guessing to the end. A very enjoyable read.Published on March 16, 2014 by Sunshine
This was fantastic. The characters were well developed and the plot was amazing. It was so descriptive that I felt like I was in the story.Published on January 9, 2014 by BreviewerC
I was a little cautious when I started this book. Mystery/crime novels are always hard for me to get into, and I loose interesting in them quickly. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Britt R.
This was about a murder in an exclusive boarding school and the efforts of one of the teachers to smoke out the culprit. It has several twists and ends with a surprising murderer. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Tamara, Oklahoma
Very cliche, boring. I found myself skipping pages that were full of text that didn't contribute at all the the story. Don't buy his one.Published on July 14, 2013 by Lisa M.
This book was recommended by a friend who shares my taste in books. It was well written and a good read. The characters were interesting and well developed.Published on March 12, 2013 by Elaine Cuellar