Thursday, August 20, 2015
Throwback Thursday: Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
*Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
On this, my first Throwback Thursday, I chose a book I had finished right at this time in 2013, Gentlemen and Players, by Joanne Harris. This is a novel I mentioned in my previous Gone Girl entry.
I love psychological thrillers/suspense/mysteries set at schools, like The Secret History, The Secret Place, The Twisted Thread, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics. The school setting is crucial to Gentlemen and Players, and Harris uses it brilliantly. There is a history to St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, the school setting of this story, linked by a Classics teacher who has taught there for over thirty years. Troublesome incidents begin to occur to faculty and students alike, and behind it all is a mysterious character with a grudge to bear and a plan set in motion.
This is a book that knows how to execute a perfect shocking twist. Trust me when I say there is a very good chance you will actually gasp out loud when you get to that twist.