Rachel Donohue is a UCD graduate in Philosophy and Politics and has a highly successful career in communications and media relations. She lives in Dublin.
This languid tale of longing and obsessions casts a spell that keeps you captivated. * Heat * A chilling, atmospheric tale of obsession and desire that will please fans of historical mysteries like Picnic at Hanging Rock. * Culturefly * This eerie mystery thriller, which has also evoked comparisons with Picnic at Hanging Rock, has pitched Donohue as a rising star. Definitely worth a look. * RTE Guide * A beautifully atmospheric and involving novel, written in a lyrical literary style with a mysteriously compelling story... terrific... Intelligent, insightful and intriguing. * LizLovesBooks * This is an extremely fine novel. Donohue handles the action, the places, the people and the emotions so well. It is both absolutely believable and compelling, pulling the reader along at pace... Well worth reading. * New Books Magazine * The ending really spoke to me... Assured and compelling. * Liz Robinson, LoveReading * An exquisitely written novel. Absolutely beautiful. So evocative for me of all those school greats - The Secret History, Dead Poets Society, Picnic at Hanging Rock. It was such a slow build of tension but simmering with that sinister under-layer the whole time. This is some debut. * Jo Spain, author of The Confession * Beautifully written in the same chilling vein as a Daphne du Maurier novel, The Temple House Vanishing promises to be the outstanding debut of 2020. * Christine Dwyer Hickey * Atmospheric, creepy, tense and utterly absorbing - a great literary thriller set in a Catholic girls' boarding school. Loved this. * Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange * With clean prose, subtle characters and intrigue to keep the pages turning this is a hugely promising debut. * Mike McCormack, author of Solar Bones * Rachel Donohue is an enchanting writer. Her words seem, at first, innocuous and straightforward, but then it becomes apparent that they're doing mischievous things... And in the end, the ways in which everything makes a different kind of sense is ingenious - holy, even. * Sunday Business Post * This brooding tale of obsessive love, teenage jealousy and hidden desire has a dark charm... 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. * i * 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. * Guardian: 'The best recent crime and thrillers' * Donohue looks to be the latest name to join the ranks of Ireland's proud female thriller-writing tradition. * Irish Independent * 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. * Irish Times *