Arcadia Falls

Arcadia Falls

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Dire financial straits and a desire for a fresh start take Meg and her teenaged daughter Sally from a comfortable life on Long Island to a tucked-away hamlet in upstate New York: Arcadia Falls, where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. Meg is determined to make the best of it and to make a good impression on the school's dean, Ivy St. Clare. But everyone at the school is distracted by the sudden death of one of Meg's students during Arcadia's First Night bonfire.--From publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780345515193
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook


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Mar 22, 2013

It starts out with a fairy story that was written by two women decades before in a place where creativity reigned. And what captures the young Meg's imagination leads to a life long obsession with this tale. Then as an adult, life intervenes and she loses her husband and her home at the same time. She moves with her daughter to where the story began - at the school in a remote area eerily similar to the setting of the book. What they find there is a student body that is under attack from within. And the secrets that surround the fairy story seem to be coming out no matter what the cost to anyone who gets in the way. A chillingly atmospheric story that will keep the reader guessing to the very end.

Dec 01, 2010

It's hard to articulate exactly why I love this author so much. This summer/fall I read all of her novels in quick succession and I have to say there are many similarities among them. Nevertheless I devoured them all with great enjoyment. I'd say she's my new guilty pleasure author but her books are so well written I don't feel too guilty.

Apr 12, 2010

Not as enjoyable as The Lake of Dead Languages, but not as much as a carbon-copy of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, either. The story begins rather slowly but once Lily's secrets are revealed, it moves along much better and the suspense really kicks in. My main problem is with Goodman's heroines, who are very unlikeable. I plan to give The Night Villa a try but it's this author's last chance to win me over.

Apr 12, 2010

This is an entertaining book with an interesting plot, however there is a major flaw in the setting which I can only say is so unlikely it is comical. We have a private school, in upstate New York, attended by some wealthy students . This school is also situated at the edge of a gorge plunging hundreds of feet into rocks. But it is not fenced or lighted in any way. There was a death sixty years ago and another in the early chapters of the book and many close calls.The Dean says something like it would ruin the view to have a fence----Okay REALLY---Insurance-- bylaws-- concerned parents but most of all INSURANCE(unless they have a gazillion dollar liability policy). I can only stretch my imagination so far.

melwyk Mar 15, 2010

While this is a good read, it does not measure up to her previous work. Elements of fairy tales, forbidden love, and friends and foes all combine to make it a decent read -- but for fairy tale elements I preferred her earlier "The Seduction of Water".


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