The Finishing School

The Finishing School

A Novel

Book - 2017
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How far would you go to uncover the truth? One spring night in 1998, the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth-floor balcony at the Lycie Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamor, officials quickly dismiss the incident as an accident, but questions remain: Was it a suicide attempt? Or was Cressida pushed? It was no secret that she had a selfish streak and had earned as many enemies as allies in her tenure at the school. For her best friend, scholarship student Kersti Kuusk, the lingering questions surrounding Cressida's fall continue to nag long after she leaves the Lyceie. Kersti marries and becomes a bestselling writer, but never stops wondering about Cressida's obsession with the Helvetian Society-- a secret club banned years before their arrival at the school-- and a pair of its members who were expelled. When Kersti is invited as a guest to the Lycie's 100th anniversary, she begins probing the cover-up, exposing the frightening underbelly of lies and abuse at the prestigious establishment. And in one portentous moment, Kersti makes a decision that will connect her to Cressida forever and raise the stakes dangerously high in her own desire to solve the mystery and redeem her past. "The Finishing School" offers a riveting glimpse into a privileged, rarefied world in which nothing is as it appears.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062465580
Branch Call Number: Fiction Goodman
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 21 cm


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ehbooklover Jun 12, 2017

3.5 stars. I have always had a soft spot for mysteries set in boarding schools so as soon as this one crossed my desk I decided to add it to my TBR pile. I'm glad that I did as it kept me guessing until the very end with its numerous twists and turns. A fun "guilty pleasure"-type read.

multcolib_susannel Apr 24, 2017

It all boils down to this- did Cassida jump or was she pushed? Which of her private school friends knows the truth? Or are they all lying?

debwalker Apr 09, 2017

Long ago death at boarding school mystery resurfaces. Good reviews.


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