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The Chatham School Affair On a summer day a young woman alighted from a bus in the small Cape Cod village of Chatham and took up residence in a cottage on the edge of Black Pond s dark waters She was embarking on a voyage she

  • Title: The Chatham School Affair
  • Author: Thomas H. Cook
  • ISBN: 9780553571936
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Chatham School Affair By Thomas H. Cook, On a summer day, a young woman alighted from a bus in the small Cape Cod village of Chatham and took up residence in a cottage on the edge of Black Pond s dark waters She was embarking on a voyage she could not foresee one that would bring catastrophe to her, to those she loved, and to the town of Chatham itself Now, seven decades later, only one living soul knows thOn a summer day, a young woman alighted from a bus in the small Cape Cod village of Chatham and took up residence in a cottage on the edge of Black Pond s dark waters She was embarking on a voyage she could not foresee one that would bring catastrophe to her, to those she loved, and to the town of Chatham itself Now, seven decades later, only one living soul knows the answer to the question that irrevocably shattered hearts, a town, and a way of life What really happened on Black Pond that day

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    1. 5 starsMy late blooming love affair with Thomas H Cook s sumptuous writing continues with 1996 s Edgar award winner, The Chatham School Affair This is my third encounter with Cook s 30 novels The Orchids andThe Last Talk With Lola Faye were the others, both great but the first title that would solidly fit into the genre Cook is best known for mystery writing I m thrilled to say it does not disappoint Well, it certainly didn t disappointme, anyway Cook s verbose, sometimes fussily precise deliver [...]

    2. Henry Griswald narrates the events that make up The Chatham School Affair, beginning with the arrival of Miss Elizabeth Channing, hired as a favor to a family friend to be the new art teacher at the all boys school The way Henry s tale unfolds reminds me of Daphne Du Maurier s Rebecca or perhaps My Cousin Rachel.Something horrible happened that intimately involved young Henry, Miss Channing and lead to her death and the closure of the school Over the course of the book through flashbacks, court [...]

    3. I read my first Thomas H Cook novel last year when I discovered, by accident, Breakheart Hill I really liked that book I liked The Chatham School Affair even .I am not a mystery connoisseur by any stretch, although I admit that I ve read a fair amount of suspense thrillers in my day Cook belongs in another category altogether sort of in the same way that King belongs in his own special category and I mean that as a compliment because at the top of his game, there s no one better than King The Ch [...]

    4. One from the dark secret shrouded in the mists of time department As a reader, I like framing devices as much as anybody, but they need to have some kind of rules a modern story can t continually roam around in clouds of fear and suspicion like The Castle Of Otranto or The Mysteries Of Udolfo It can be done in our day, but just not as the barrage of verbiage it was in yesteryear The author takes his time and ours building the world of this novel, framed within multiple removes and perspectives W [...]

    5. First of all, this book was mistitled It should have been called The Chatham School Tease, because the author teases the reader every few pages with his ham handed foreshadowing How about a little foreshadowing at the beginning and then just telling your story, hmm Instead Cook spends way too much time with his mopey old narrator who as a young boy had some part in the Affair I ll tell you about that again in a few pages.Secondly, all of the characters are undermotivated It is not credible that [...]

    6. Here is a book that could be used for a Psychology class read I would have given it 5 stars if it had not plodded a bit much in some of its pace within the telling just after midline it bogged a bit Became a little redundant in description at the least.But perhaps that is what was needed to suggest the school year s time in which these events occurred And the changes in these characters And the slow and gradual switch of loyalty and emotional attachments too not just for the two protagonists in [...]

    7. On the cover, this is described as a novel of suspense I didn t know what that was before reading this and I am still not sure I do know what it means generally but if this is an example of it, give me Thomas Cook weaves together an incredible tale about a small town out on Cape Cod The book starts in the present many years after a horrendous incident and slowly returns to memories of the year of the incident Cook does a great job of dribbling out details here and there You are impelled on by t [...]

    8. Un roman noir comme il se doit d tre Tragique, avec des personnages vrais et attachants, avec leurs forces et leurs failles, le tout crit dans un style et une ambiance sombre et romantique, un peu gothique que j adore terriblement Un pur chef d oeuvre et un auteur que j aurais d d couvrir plus t t

    9. This book won an Edgar What am I missing I have a vision of an author trying to make something out of nothing by adopting a creaky writing device of foreshadowing All it did for me was make me wish he would get on with the story, for goodness sake, so I could finally finish the foolish thing and start something interesting Maybe the Edgar committee was sorry for Mr Cook because he had come up short in previous years, and threw him this bone Or maybe the Edgar isn t that reliable as a quality me [...]

    10. This book was recommended by the author of The House at Riverton The Riverton book is a much better read The Chatham School Affair is harder to read, with heavy foreshadowing where the The House at Riverton had a lighter touch and smoother narrative Interesting to read of events in our region, but might not have finished it if not stuck on a plane with only this to read

    11. The twist at the end of this mystery elevates it from a 2 star it s ok sort of book to a solid 3 I liked it I was sure of path the plot was taking, was only wondering about the particulars of the method, when boom something totally different happened That s always a plus in a mystery.In terms of the setting and the characters, eh, I wasn t too impressed I wish the setting had been elaborated on the story felt like it could be set anywhere As for the narrator, I never felt any sort of connection [...]

    12. I bought this book because I was vacationing in Cape Cod, in a town that was a bike s ride into Chatham A local used book seller highly recommended it I couldn t figure out what the appeal was until the last 5 pages Though well written, the plot moves along slowly and I am surprised that I didn t abandon the novel at the beginning But it does build The story is essentially about the teen son of the Chatham School headmaster, who ends up caught in the middle privy to many secrets of an affair bet [...]

    13. This mystery wasn t bad, but honestly I was expecting from an Edgar winner I think it was trying for some kind of stylised romanticism, and it mostly succeeded but sometimes just came off as old fashioned and melodramatic There was too much build up before we finally find out what crime happened, so that it is a bit anti climactic when what happened it revealed The whole book kind of plays with ideas of practicality vs romance and reality vs fantasy Since everything is told from the perspective [...]

    14. As I was browsing the shelves at the Bar Harbor library, I overheard a conversation in which one older patron was telling another that The Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook was one of her all time favorite reads I d never heard of the book or the author, but decided to give it a try.In some ways, the book reminds me of Water for Elephants a very old man recalls events of a tumultuous year of his youth which very much shaped the person he was to become The narrative goes back and forth between [...]

    15. One of the most interesting suspense novels I ve ever read I love it when I jump into a great book and I don t pay attention to how much I have to read This book captured me I was at once taken by the beautiful language and hints of tragedy that did surprise me in the end This was a nearly flawless book 4.75 stars And It s only give five stars to books I want to build my life around This one, a book about regret and passion, comes awfully close.

    16. Being from Chatham, I am a bit biased In all fairness this must be stated up front I was hoping for Chatham geographical and historical references but it was not necessary for the plot I found this book slow yet strangely appealing It creeps on you like a vine pulling you deeper and deeper into it s thick ravines The story seems simple enough, and in ways it truly is, yet the ending provides a gem that catches you off guard and leaves you satisfied that you did the right thing in keeping the bo [...]

    17. Perhaps I am too new to the mystery genre, but I always expect of a Sherlock Holmes style or even The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rendering where the excitement of the mystery is uncovering the clues and piecing them together to find the culprit, or perhaps that is my analytically trained mind that wishes for it Either way, I found Cook s style of reminiscing and only providing a glimpse of a detail here and there quite maddening Although I suppose in a way, this also leads you through the clue [...]

    18. The cover of this book characterized it as A Novel of Suspense Couldn t prove it my me I thought this book was a slog and rather indulgent While the ending had surprises that were not foreshadowed by the many red herrings that Mr Cook strew about, I thought the conclusion was contrived in a way and rushed I wound up reading it for his tidbits about Chatham, MA from 85 years ago and got some enjoyment from that, but I d not recommend this book to others unless they were low on alternatives.

    19. Even though Thomas H Cook seemed to be a bit of a tease with his ham fisted suspense as another reviewer put it , it worked out OK in the long run because although I was saying yeah, yeah, I know what ll happen in the end I didn t.Well done, Thomas H Cook for another suspenseful novel, but in all honesty I think I ll give him a bit of a break for a while He s good, but like a good whiskey, if I left it alone for a while I would enjoy it .

    20. A well written novel, absorbing, with a very quiet kind of suspense what happened on the lake in Chatham All we know from the beginning is that there were deaths on the lake and a woman goes on trial, facing hanging if found guilty It was good enough that I finished it in three days but there was one important aspect to the ending I did not like That s why I gave it four stars instead of five.

    21. Set during the later 1920 s, story of a love affair at a small private New England boys school and the fall out, largely due to the misunderstandings of a romantic teenage boy Suspenseful and well written, the novel keeps you turning the pages Love, betrayal, loyalty, and consequences are the major themes.

    22. I really enjoyed this book It was sort of an old fashioned whodunnit but with lots of plot twists Many of the twists are pretty easy to predict but I enjoyed the book a great deal I can t wait to read another of Mr Cook s books But not one his cookbooksI heard he isn t a very good cook That was a joke Not a very FUNNY joke, but, a joke, nonetheless.

    23. A first rate mystery novel which will leave you hanging till the very end It s not really a who done it type, but rather the author plays you along about what really happened with a young, very attractive teacher at a boys academy.

    24. This book changed how I look at affairs I went into this book thinking it would be told one way, and I was blown away with the perspectiveness of it It s great.

    25. Beautifully written story of an elderly man looking back on the part he played as a young boy in a scandal that rocked a small town in America in the 1920s.

    26. No Spoilers Instruments of Night was my first experience of Mr Thomas and what a good meeting it was Then Mortal Memory was disappointing and draggy The Chatham School Affair, the Edgar Award winner should at least pleasantly surprise me, or so I hoped For a major chunk of the book, the dread that was to come was hinted of and belabored again and again without any major or fast plot development It was of curiosity, not mystery that kept me going, hoping the big reveal at the end would reward my [...]

    27. I would probably give this book a 5 Star if I were basing it on the last 1 3 of the book alone Early on I was bothered by the format, if that is the right word It skipped around in time, always eluding to an incident, no matter where they were in the order of the story, always hinting but never coming out with it It just took a very long time to actually say what happened and it was not totally cleared up until the very dramatic ending Looking back on it I think this style of telling the story i [...]

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