A taut thriller

Different Class
Joanne Harris
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2016 by Doubleday 
(first published April 7th 2016)

What a corker of a novel, quite simply an absolute corker.
Latin master Roy Straitley has been teaching at St Oswald’s Grammar school for over thirty years and he has survived not just the boys but the changes in administration. Experience has taught Straitley that each year you have troublemakers, favourites, and then there is the odd boy who just cannot be pigeonholed.
St Oswald’s is going through another upheaval this time brought on by scandal and the need to modernise. While there are all this new beginnings on offer Roy Straitley finds himself confronted with the past and a sense of foreboding.
This is a taut psychological thriller that goes back and forth through time. The main point of view is Straitley who brings together all the pieces of the story. The voice that is most engaging is the unidentified person who writes to Mousey and gradually reveals some sinister intent.
Harris has written a book that grabs you and just sucks you in. You are a flipping pages and just wanting to figure out what is going on is this taut and beautifully plotted thriller.
A great read.

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