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A dark, claustrophobic and compulsive novel, in the vein of The Water Cure, Never Let Me Go and Ottessa Moshfegh.
That was the Catherine experiment: give the house three years - three profound, total years - then become anything or anyone you want to be. Watch all your dreams come true.
Catherine House is an American college with a difference. Only the most brilliant minds enter, and its graduates earn prestige, wealth and honour. But over the three years they attend the school, they remain within its black gates; they have no contact with their loved ones; no association with the outside world. Those who break these rules will find themselves facing time in the school's infamous tower.
Ines enters Catherine House on the run from an incredibly dark secret and welcomes the school's isolation. Sharing a room with the sweet, damaged Baby, she slowly begins to build the group of friends she never had outside its walls. One day, however, Baby is summoned to the tower - and never returns. Ines is heartbroken, left to uncover the secrets that Catherine House conceals while slowly becoming more and more seduced herself by its dark, magnetic power.
Swirling with atmosphere and the subtle tingling of horror, Catherine House is a novel that will steal your heart and swallow you whole.
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- Scarlet Wilson
I honestly thought I would love this book but it didn't live up to its potential at all. The main character as unlikeable, the story meandering. There was real lack of tension in areas where it could have been built effectively, and when I reached the end, I was just confused with the fact the story hadn't been explored in so many ways that it could have been. Disappointing.