THE FINISHING SCHOOL
The only word that can properly describe Goodman's novel is “Wow.” Her novel is so well-written, so perfectly paced, and so full of surprises that it is impossible to put down. The characters are intriguing and so thoroughly fleshed out that the reader feels as if they're standing there with them, and the story is one that is impossible not to be drawn into. By the time the reader finishes, they'll find themselves practically wanting to beg Goodman for just one more page.
In 1998, Cressida Strauss plunged to her death from a fourth-floor balcony at the prestigious Lycee International Suisse, something that was ruled as an accident to protect the institution from negative publicity. But years later, questions remain that were never answered, especially ones that Cressida's best friend, Kersti Kuusk, is still haunted by. Now, years later, when she's invited back to the school for the 100th anniversary, Kersti decides to probe the cover-up of Cressida's death. As she uncovers shocking secrets and unexpected twists, she finds herself forced to take risks she never expected as she tries to learn the truth and move past the tragedies of her childhood. (HARPER, Apr., 352 pp., $15.99)