Although at times overly pedantic, Marisha Pessl’s debut novel is a great read. Blue van Meer is the daughter of an academic who hops from university...moreAlthough at times overly pedantic, Marisha Pessl’s debut novel is a great read. Blue van Meer is the daughter of an academic who hops from university to university, traversing the country with his daughter and never setting down real roots. In her senior year of high school, Blue’s father promises her that they will remain in a small town in the North Carolina mountains throughout the school year to allow the two of them to have an uninterrupted last year together.
Although previously devoted to her father, life begins to change for Blue when she gets in clique of five students who call themselves the Bluebloods. Each Sunday, they meet at the home of their film teacher, Hannah Schneider, for conversation and dinner. Secrets abound about the group, but also within the group, and both the reader and Blue herself often feel left out of the lives of the group. By the end of the book (and I promise I’m not ruining anything here – this is mentioned in the first chapter), Hannah will be found dead, hanging from a tree in the woods. Although categorized as a suicide, Blue spends the rest of the book attempting to prove that her teacher and mentor was, in fact, murdered.
I was originally attracted to this book due to its similarity to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, which I would strongly recommend (and stay tuned tomorrow, when I’ll be blogging about another of Tartt’s books!) Another tale of mystery and intrigue surrounding privileged students is The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman. Check them out!(less)