A Narrow Door: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A Narrow Door: A Novel (Hardcover)

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The first female head of an elite grammar school in North Yorkshire admits in a narrative at the beginning of the book that she has committed two murders, so when the remains of a body are discovered on the school grounds, she isn’t surprised, teasing out the story to the Latin-master, Scheherazade-style in order to keep him from reporting it to the police.   Engrossing and addictive.

— From Robin's Picks

An electrifying tale of psychological suspense and revenge at an elite grammar school where secrets run deep.

"A dark world of emotional complexity and betrayal, where twist follows twist and nothing is what it seems."—Alex Michaelides, bestselling author of The Silent Patient

"Exhilarating. Addictive. Fierce."—Bridget Collins, bestselling author of The Binding

"A psychological thriller you can't put down and an antiheroine you won't forget."—Harlan Coben

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Now I'm in charge, the gates are my gates. The rules are my rules.

It's an incendiary moment for St Oswald's school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to girls.

Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of her ambition. As the new regime takes on the old guard, the ground shifts. And with it, the remains of a body are discovered.

But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She'll bury the past so deep it will evade even her own memory, just like she has done before. After all, you can't keep a good woman down.
Joanne Harris is the internationally renowned and award-winning author of eighteen novels, plus novellas, scripts, short stories, libretti, lyrics, and articles. Her novel Chocolat was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and is Chair of the Society of Authors.  She lives in Yorkshire and also has a form of synesthesia which enables her to smell colors. Red, she says, smells of chocolate. Follow her on Twitter @joannechocolat.
Product Details ISBN: 9781643139050
ISBN-10: 1643139053
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
Publication Date: January 4th, 2022
Pages: 448
Language: English
"Harris keeps the suspense high all the way to the exhilarating ending. This spectacular feat of storytelling will seduce the reader from page one."
— Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Joanne Harris’s previous novels set at the tweedy British boarding school St. Oswald’s embodied the spirit of a fierce chess match. The icy rage and ruthless revenge is turned up even higher in A Narrow Door, in which St. Oswald’s, long a boys-only domain, is dragged into the current century with the appointment of its first headmistress in its 500-year-old existence. To the chagrin of the elderly Latin master Roy Straitley, Rebecca Buckfast’s arrival not only portends change, it leads to the excavation of secrets from St. Oswald’s depths — namely, the literal unearthing of a long-buried body. Readers will learn the dead person’s identity, but the novel’s most shocking revelations have to do with the loss of one woman’s agency and the means, however terrible, even monstrous, through which she can reclaim it."
— Sarah Weinman

"Joanne Harris’s previous novels set at the tweedy British boarding school St. Oswald’s embodied the spirit of a fierce chess match. The icy rage and ruthless revenge is turned up even higher in A Narrow Door, in which St. Oswald’s, long a boys-only domain, is dragged into the current century with the appointment of its first headmistress in its 500-year-old existence. To the chagrin of the elderly Latin master Roy Straitley, Rebecca Buckfast’s arrival not only portends change, it leads to the excavation of secrets from St. Oswald’s depths — namely, the literal unearthing of a long-buried body. Readers will learn the dead person’s identity, but the novel’s most shocking revelations have to do with the loss of one woman’s agency and the means, however terrible, even monstrous, through which she can reclaim it."
— Sarah Weinman