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The Finishing School
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The Finishing School


In this suspenseful, provocative novel of friendship, secrets, and deceit, a successful writer returns to her elite Swiss boarding school to get to the bottom of a tragic accident that took place while she was a student twenty years earlier.

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 Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamour, 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 Lycée.

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 Lycée's 100th Anniversary, she begins probing the cover-up, unearthing a 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.

An unputdownable read as clever as it is compelling, The Finishing School offers a riveting glimpse into a privileged, rarefied world in which nothing is as it appears.


Title:The Finishing School
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages
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    The Finishing School Reviews

  • Kristy
    Mar 18, 2017

    It has been 20 years since Kersti Kuusk set foot on the grounds of the Lycée, the prestigious boarding school she attended as a teen. Kersti was a scholarship student from Canada at the elite school,...

  • Dena
    May 06, 2017

    I knew who the bad guy was by page 30, but read to the end hoping for some meat to discuss when I booktalk it...nope. Dry writing, dull characters, predictable plot, obvious twists. Ugh. I never learn...

  • Laura
    Mar 27, 2017

    I really enjoyed the descriptions of Switzerland and the 90's nostalgia. The ending was mostly a surprise. There were enough hints that the reader could figure out who's guilty, but not until the end....

  • Jessie Cardinal
    Mar 01, 2017

    One word for this novel. WOW!!!!! One of the most intense and suspenseful novels I have ever read!!! All I can say is RECOMMEND, RECOMMEND, RECOMMEND!!!!...

  • Tara
    Feb 06, 2017

    Wow. I don't know what to say about this book. I won it through a Goodreads giveaway and I am so glad that I did! This is one of those books that kept me thinking about it even while I wasn't reading ...

  • Letty
    May 22, 2017

    Pleasantly surprised! I started this with low expectations and it ended up being a great read! I was definitely surprised by some of the plot twists. Book moved at a good pace and I liked both Kersti ...

  • kelsey
    May 08, 2017

    Wow. I have a major weakness for boarding school novels and this one was good, but it got really dark/really hard to read toward the end. Yikes.I would have given it 4 stars except that the "present d...

  • Melissa
    May 18, 2017

    3.5 This is fast and suspenseful and exactly the type of book in a sucker for! ...

  • Yvonne Crawford
    May 14, 2017

    read it from a reading challenge and loved it...

  • Sha
    May 12, 2017

    Suspenseful. A good, easy read. Would definitely recommend....