Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Students at Catherine House are all special. They have to be special to give up everything the outside world has to offer to commit themselves to three full years at a selective school hidden in rural Pennsylvania. Catherine House offers its students completely free attendance to its experimental learning and research experience and a promise of success beyond its iron gates. 

A new first-year, Ines has come to Catherine as a last resort to escape her boisterous and chaotic life. Instead of strict discipline, she finds a place of higher learning dedicated to revelry and expanding the minds of its members. She finds friendship with her meek but determined roommate, Baby, but Ines doesn’t feel she is experiencing the same enchantment of Catherine as the other students are. When Baby’s time at the school ends in tragedy, Ines’ suspicion of Catherine House rises, and she attempts to understand the mysteries hidden with its gothic architecture and shabby charm. 

Catherine House is Elisabeth Thomas’ debut novel; Thomas is a Yale University alumnus who works as an archivist at the Museum of Modern Art. This story is a mix of mystery, thriller, drama, and science fiction. It is unexpected and exhilarating.

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