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Arcadia Falls
Goodman, Carol.
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Goodman (The Night Villa) delivers the goods her fans expect in this atmospheric and fast-moving gothic story: buried secrets, supernatural elements, and a creepy setting. Following the death of her husband, Meg Rosenthal accepts a job teaching at an upstate New York boarding school and moves there with her teenage daughter, Sally. The school, Arcadia Falls, also happens to be central to her thesis, which focuses on the two female coauthors of fairy tales: Vera Beecher, who founded the school, and her friend Lily Eberhardt, who died mysteriously in 1947. While the campus is bucolic, school life proves anything but-Meg thinks she sees ghosts and Arcadia's brightest and most ambitious student, Isabel Cheney, is found dead in a ravine. Feeling Sally drifting further from her each day, Meg finds refuge in Lily's preserved diary and begins to unravel the secrets behind Isabel's death. Goodman doesn't do anything new, but her storytelling is as solid as ever, and the book is reliably entertaining. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Recently widowed Meg Rosenthal relocates with her young daughter to begin a teaching position at a prestigious upstate New York boarding school in the opening of this haunting mystery by Goodman (, author of the 2003 Hammett Prize winner The Seduction of Water, also available from BBC Audiobooks America. When a student dies at a school event, Meg learns that both the school's past and its present hide dangerous secrets. While the novel's resolution is predictable, Goodman's portrayal of the relationship between Meg and her daughter together with the tale's enticing gothic elements make this a fine choice for a wide range of audiences. Actress/narrator Jen Taylor shifts deftly among the characters, voicing at turns a grieving mother and a precocious adolescent girl. Recommended. [Audio clip available through; "Goodman combines gripping suspense with strong characters and artistic themes," read the review of the Ballantine hc, LJ 10/1/09.-Ed.]-Carly Wiggins, Consolidated Community Schs. Lib., Newberry, MI Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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