Imposing and gothic, Temple House is an elite all-girls boarding school, set high above the sea in Ireland. When brilliant scholarship student Louisa arrives, she finds it unwelcoming, until she is befriended by the enigmatic Victoria and handsome, unorthodox art teacher Mr. Lavelle. But when Victoria confides that she and the charismatic teacher have plans to run away, everything changes. Except it’s Louisa and Mr. Lavelle who disappear. Twenty-five years later, a young journalist is determined to unearth the truth. A tense, atmospheric thriller!— Marilyn
"With shades of everything from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Frost in May to Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Secret History, this is subtle, intriguing and very well written."
“The Temple House Vanishing is Rachel Donohue’s first novel, but she nails the angst and spookiness like a pro. Her gloriously moody story is full of the kinds of twisted turns that happen when jealousy and passion run wild. If you liked Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, don’t let this lush, gothic tale pass you by.”
—Apple Best Books of the Month – July 2021
“The creeping pace, melancholic tone, and full-bodied characters create a perfect snapshot of desperate youth amid oppressive tradition. This stands among the best of the current modern gothic trend.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Atmospheric and suspenseful, this will be appreciated by fans of Kate Elizabeth Russell’s My Dark Vanessa.”
"Evocative and mysterious . . . Sublime writing."
"Rachel Donohue's Gothic-tinged mysteryThe Temple House Vanishing will keep you guessing until the last page."
“In an atmosphere where the cacophony of teenage hormones blares amid a community of nuns who have directed their passion toward the religious life, Donohue adds to the sense of shambolic emotions at play with skillful pacing.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Donohue is a master of clean, sharp prose and has a hugely impressive ability to create layers of atmosphere or ratchet up tension in a couple of beguilingly simple sentences."
—The Irish Times
"Atmospheric, creepy, tense, and utterly absorbing . . . Loved this."
—Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
“Rachel Donohue is an enchanting writer. Her words seem, at first, innocent and straightforward, but then it becomes apparent that they are doing mischievous things. As Mr. Lavalle, a central character in her impressive debut The Temple House Vanishing, points out: ‘It’s important to remember that here, nothing is ever as it seems.’”
—The Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
“Donohue is a master of clean, sharp prose, and has a hugely impressive ability to create layers of atmosphere or ratchet up tension in a couple of beguilingly simple sentences.”
—The Irish Times
“This brooding tale of obsessive love, teenage jealousy and hidden desire has a dark charm all of its own…While the unsettling atmosphere is enough to keep the pages turning, Donohue also does a fine job of holding parts of her story back. When the shocking solution is finally revealed, it is in the sort of circumstances that all but force the reader to return to the beginning to marvel at how the trail was laid.”