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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,...

  • 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 ...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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!!!!...

  • Sarah
    Jun 13, 2017

    Ay carumba! Thriller would be the best way to describe this complex novel rife with twists and turns. The story shifts back and forth between present day and the narrator's high school years at an exc...

  • Felicity Disco
    May 29, 2017

    The story had interesting elements - and I kept reading to find out what was going on - but the writing never grabbed me....

  • 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 unt...

  • Karen
    Jun 09, 2017

    When Kersti Kuusk is sent from Toronto to the Lycée in Lausanne, Switzerland for high school she doesn't know what to expect. She finds a life lng friend in Cressida. The book goes back and forth bet...

  • Jenny
    May 30, 2017

    The summary of this book did not adequately describe the disturbing content or direction this book takes. Wish I had not read. ...