People disappear when they most want to be seen.
Jess Walker, middle child of a middle-class family, has perfected the art of vanishing in plain sight. But when she arrives at a concrete university campus under flat, grey, East Anglian skies, her world flares with colour.
Drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule breakers – led by their maverick teacher, Lorna Clay – Jess begins to experiment with a new version of herself. But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken as they share secrets, lovers and finally a tragedy. Soon Jess is thrown up against the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?
Kate Weinberg was born and lives in London. She studied English at Oxford and creative writing in East Anglia. She has worked as a slush pile reader, a bookshop assistant, a journalist and a ghost writer.
The Truants is her first novel.
Drawn into the spell of an influential lecturer at university, Jess finds herself in the middle of several tragic overlapping love affairs and as she unravels the mysteries, others begin to fall apart around her.
This was interesting, instead of the usual Svengali like older man, this centres around an older woman who draws students into her orbit and as Jess is warned, destroys them.
The plot travels from East Anglia to a remote Italian mountainside as Jess follows in Lorna’s wake.
The writing is sharp and flows beautifully on the page, the plot compelling with a woozy dreamlike quality that is dispelled as Jess’ eyes are opened.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.