Madam by Phoebe Wynne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you want me to read a book, put a boarding school filled with girls in a creepy building and you have my instant attention. Cue the “mean girls”, the comrade who drinks too much and has a loose tongue yet never says enough, the handsome counterpart, and the automatous office secretaries, and you’ve got me, hook, line, and sinker. The elusiveness and intrigue in the beginning of this story borders on irritating as the pace that reveals the reason for the mysteries can be a bit slow but it makes the reveals and conclusion all the more worthy for the wait. Also, prepare to have your interest piqued in the Greek tragedies, as this story is often told through the teaching of and interpretation of these timeless works. It is this unique writing approach that makes up for the sometimes unconventional transitions and back-and-forth timeline that can give a reader a bit of whiplash. However, nothing can top the dramatic conclusion, leaving with a hint of possibility for a sequel, or maybe the author is just a tease.
An advanced copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. The opinions are my own.
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