Catherine House

Catherine House

Large Print - 2020
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"Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study with its experimental curriculum, wildly selective admissions policy, and formidable endowment, has produced some of the world's best minds: prize-winning authors, artists, inventors, Supreme Court justices, presidents. For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years-summers included-completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises a future of sublime power and prestige, and that its graduates can become anything or anyone they desire. Among this year's incoming class is Ines Murillo, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline-only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. Even the school's enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore, to expand their minds, to find themselves within the formidable iron gates of Catherine. For Ines, it is the closest thing to a home she's ever had. But the House's strange protocols soon make this refuge, with its worn velvet and weathered leather, feel increasingly like a gilded prison. And when tragedy strikes, Ines begins to suspect that the school-in all its shabby splendor, hallowed history, advanced theories, and controlled decadence-might be hiding a dangerous agenda within the secretive, tightly knit group of students selected to study its most promising and mysterious curriculum"--Amazon.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2020]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062999146
Branch Call Number: FIC Thoma
Characteristics: 438 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Oct 19, 2020


ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 29, 2020

Three words I would use to describe this book: Disturbing, claustrophobic, and weird. It was a very well written, quirky story ,that is a twist on a haunted house and also coming of age story. This book will not be for everyone, however, anyone who likes unique storytelling and original ideas should definitely give this book a try.

Sep 21, 2020

Creepy, and yes, unsettling. I read it in less than 2 days and could not stop thinking about it. I liked how it held my interest completely....would I read it again? No. Would I recommend it? Yep.

ArapahoeKati Sep 09, 2020

Odd and unsettling, but ultimately I was left disappointed by the ending.

Sep 04, 2020

Not as good as I thought it would be.Lots of scenes repeated.

Jun 25, 2020

This was a quick and easy read. I did feel that the story could’ve used more depth and maybe some more turns. It wasn’t quite the suspenseful thriller I had hoped.

May 24, 2020

This is one of the most unsettling intense books I have read. Did I like it? NO! But I do not like the rock musical, Tommy, either but I have seen it several times because that unsettling story stayed with me, too. Books do not necessarily need to entertain. Sometimes they are there to disturb you, to make you think. _Catherine House_ the story of a very isolated three-year college where students break all contact with their past lives to go to school year-round really bothered me. I kept hoping that it would turn into Hogwarts, but it did not. At Catherine House, kids study hard, drink hard because the booze is provided by the school. Everything is provided by the school. No one leaves it. If they are not studying, sleeping, or drinking they are having sex. And thanks to a non-conformist student, Inez, the hidden agenda is brought forward. The ending is just as unsettling as the story. Nope, did not like it, but I’m giving it four stars, because I couldn’t put it down.


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ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 29, 2020

"You are in the house and the house is in the woods. The woods are in the house. The stairs are in the house. Down the stairs is the hallway, and at the end of the hallway is the ballroom. The ballroom is in the house. You are in the house and the house is in you."

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 29, 2020

I don’t know. I’m scared that out there, someday I’ll look around and realize forty years have passed and no one can see me. That I’m gone.

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