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Publisher's Summary

One of the New York Times Book Review's Top 10 Best Crime Novels of 2020

One of USA Today's Best Books 2020

"[A] hypnotic debut.... [An] uncommonly clever whodunit." (New York Times Book Review)

Perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History, The Truants is a seductive, unsettling, and beautifully written debut novel of literary suspense - a thrilling exploration of deceit, first love, and the depths to which obsession can drive us.

People disappear when they most want to be seen.

Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat gray skies of East Anglia for one reason: to be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr. Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess' thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna's thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly knit group of rule-breakers - Alec, a courageous South African journalist with a nihilistic streak; Georgie, a seductive, pill-popping aristocrat; and Nick, a handsome geologist with layers of his own.

But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken, until a tragedy shatters their friendships and love affairs, and reveals a terrible secret. Soon, Jess must face the question she fears most: What is the true cost of an extraordinary life?

Entertainment Weekly Best Book of January

A USA Today Must-Read Book of Winter

An Observer Book of the Year (UK)

A Marie Claire Top 5 Christmas Read (UK)

A Times Best New Crime Novel (UK)

A Guardian Top 10 Golden Age Detective Novel

An Irish Times Best Debut of 2019

An Apple Books Pick for January

©2020 Kate Weinberg (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of the best thriller debuts in recent years, with all the cleverness of Ruth Ware (and, yes, even Christie herself) and a dash of Donna Tartt’s edgy darkness. Though Christie fans may be particularly delighted, this propulsive, pitch-perfect thriller has something for everyone." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Weinberg's ‘truants’ are skillfully drawn, compelling and complicated in equal measures....Weinberg is a crackling good writer. The Truants is a novel worth skipping class for, and Weinberg's writing marks the arrival of a sure talent." (USA Today)

"Kate Weinberg’s The Truants marks the debut of a fresh, smart, exciting voice. I was both transported and captivated by the story and madly in love with all the characters." (Elin Hilderbrand, author of Summer of ‘69)

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I've listened to this book twice. I didnt finish the first run which was months ago, this time I can't stop
hearing it. Agatha Christie, the queen of poisons, triangles, youth. And murder,(?) I still dont know. What a pleasure to explore this rare homage to the Golden Age of Detective Literature.
Will rhis author pen another? I hope so.

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Boring

Books never bore me, this one did. This is not a thriller or a mystery, it’s not even a good story. So disappointed.

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This is an incredibly well written book from start to finish, there is no doubt about that. Kate Weinberg knows how to bring the reader right into the epicenter of the story. The locations are gorgeously described that it feels quite poetic at times. The characters are interesting, not well enough developed to make me feel too much for them one way or the other...I guess that’s the one true negative, it’s an interesting story taking place in several different stunning locations, over an extended period of time but in the end, it just didn’t matter enough to me. The characters are all fairly unsympathetic and not truly made human which, to me, is job of the author; to really make the characters human and relatable in some way.The narration is fantastic the performance is a very, very good one. I love her voice and she’s emotive without being ridiculous about it. The books worth a read based on how gorgeous the writing is alone. Gorgeous gorgeous writing.

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Great writing cannot make up for the story

This reads like a work of fine literature, but pedestrian teenage angst is what it is really about. There really are no surprises.
The protagonist is really a babe in the woods. However, Kate Weinberg writes so evocatively that I would be happy to listen to her next book.

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Atmospheric and Well Done

The narrater was excellent in this atmospheric read. The book, though not a mystery, was mysterious. The author wove Agatha Christie into and out of the characters which was very well done. And the ending, well I will not tell, but was a surprise. Highly recommend for fans of Agatha Christie with a hint of Donna Tartt and her book "The Secret History"

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WOW!!!

Loved this book. If you love The Secret History and things set in academia this is for you. Atmospheric, interesting characters, beautiful prose and well oaxed plot.

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Hinged on ending

I couldn't stop listening to this book, beautiful compelling. But the end was a disappointment. Not worthy of Christie, who it references.

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Great story....I did not like how it ended. I felt as if I had been left adrift.

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Gets In Your Blood

What a darkly beautiful debut novel. I dreamt of the characters and themes for nights after finishing the book. The author has a very unique literary voice. I can't wait to read what she comes up with next!