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The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue – Book Review

(AD) Today I have a review for The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue courtesy of LoveReadingUK.


Power. Jealousy. Desire.

Twenty-five years ago, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her charismatic teacher disappeared without trace…
When Louisa arrives at Temple House, an elite catholic boarding school, she quickly finds herself drawn to sophisticated fellow pupil Victoria and their young bohemian art teacher, Mr Lavelle. The three of them from a bond that seems to offer an escape from the repressive regime of the nuns who run the cloistered school. Until Louisa and Mr Lavelle suddenly disappear without trace.

Years later, a journalist with a childhood connection to Louisa determines to resolve the mystery. Her search for the truth will uncover a tragic, mercurial tale of suppressed desire and long-buried secrets. It will shatter lives and lay a lost soul to rest.

The Temple House Vanishing is a stunning, intensely atmospheric novel of unrequited longing, dark obsession and unintended consequences.


Wow. This book was fantastic! From the moment I started reading I was sucked in. The story is about obsession and I certainly felt that in the pages. Rachel has a marvellous way with words that makes you want to keep going. The need to find out about Louisa becomes your obsession.

The characters all leave you feeling that you know them, their type. They are written with complex personalities and it makes you want to know more about them.

Temple House is a place in which you can envisage, you know places like this exist. They hold mystery and suspense but pull you in with a need to explore.

As the story draws to a close you feel almost desperate to know what has happened, you feel it from the journalists perspective. Why are the nuns and previous students so secretive? It is like an itch you have to keep scratching.

This book is one I feel will stand the test of time. I highly recommend it.

Purchase Link

The Temple House Vanishing is available to pre-order. Release date is February 20th 2020. Here.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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