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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Truants by Kate Weinberg, read by Olivia Dowd.  

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?

©2019 Kate Weinberg (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Set to be the book of the summer." (Town & Country)

"There are more than a few nods to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History here - the band of student misfits with dysfunctional backgrounds, the professor with oddly intimate student-teacher bonds, plus an overall sense, skilfully seeded by Weinberg, that things are about to take a wrong turn. Threaded into the story are references to Agatha Christie’s novels, with their mysteries and murders and love triangles. The Truants borrows some of these murder mystery tropes, leading us to a dark conclusion that feels satisfying to reach." (Evening Standard)

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  • Janet biglari
  • 22-11-19

Superior Thriller well narrated

I loved this book, it had echos of The Secret History and was a compelling listen. It is a very clever well written book with great narrative. It is essentially about a group of students and the relationship they have with their professor and her influence on them. The narration is excellent and really brings the characters to life the South African voices were very well done. The characters were very well developed and interesting. Overall an excellent listen and I can't wait for the next book. I also have a new favourite narrator in Olivia Dowd.

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  • William
  • 26-06-20

Beautifully gripping

So beautifully written, and narrated. A really hypnotic listen, short perfectly crafted sentences that give a page turning pace to them. If you like your Highsmith you’ll love this. Jess, definitely is in all of us.

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  • Mr Chops
  • 25-10-19

Awful characters

The central characters of this novel are presumably supposed to be cool. I assume it is how the author would like her friends/partners/lecturers to be in her fantasies. The guy who is supposedly a fully formed journalist giving talks and attending important meetings whilst still an undergraduate is just not believable and would be considered a self obsessed creep by most. They are just horrible, selfish, arrogant and slightly dim characters who I couldn't bear to spend any more time with beyond the first half of the book.

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  • Rosie
  • 15-09-20

Life is short, read something else.

Characters were uniformly loathsome. I can't understand how anyone would enjoy reading this. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but it was just incoherent and unpleasant. The main character is insipid and annoying; the woman everyone is fixated on is transparently trying so hard to be cool and edgy that she comes off as pathetic. As for the men in this story... ick.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 19-08-20

Started off well

I did enjoy this especially at the start but it sort of went off as it progressed. The characters were interesting and the story idea interesting but faded into the background. Shame