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Carol Goodman is not an author I read for innovation and surprise This novel, with its setting in a boarding school in a beautiful and secluded area of upstate New York, where an over educated protagonist uses her knowledge of a specific art form in this case, early 20th century U.S folklore to solve a mystery with ties to the past and the present, is so derivative of Goodman s earlier works that it feelslike a third draft than a separate novel but I loved it anyway Goodman s power Carol Goodman is not an author I read for innovation and surprise This novel, with its setting in a boarding school in a beautiful and secluded area of upstate New York, where an over educated protagonist uses her knowledge Arcadia Falls is a book to get lost in Author Goodman takes here signature themes, women, water, and academia, and wraps them in a Russian doll of a fairy tale But it s a fairy tale for adults, and it s a tautly plotted mystery as well Having lost her husband, and most of their money along with him, Meg Rosenthal must give up grad school, where she s been working on her thesis about folk stories, and start anew with her grieving and angry teenage daughter, Sally Meg lands a job teaching lit Arcadia Falls is a book to get lost in Author Goodman takes here signature themes, women, water, and academia, and wraps them in a Russian doll of a fairy tale But it s a fairy tale for adults, and it s a tautly plotted mystery as well Having lost her husband, and most of their money along with him, Meg Rosenthal must give up grad school, where she s been working on her thesis about folk stories, and start anew with her grieving and angry teenage daughter, Sally Meg lands a job teaching lit at a remote girls school in upstate New York, which was founded originally as an art colony Coincidentally, one of the stories she s been studying, about a changeling, was written and illustrated by Lily Eberhardt, a co founder of the institute Lily set the story in Arcadia Falls, and Meg recognizes all the physical elements at once, finding herself drawn into Lily s world When first a student dies of a fall, and Meg finds Lil There Once Was A Girl Who Liked To Pretend She Was Lost Meg Rosenthal Is Driving Toward The Next Chapter In Her Life Winding Along A Wooded Roadway, Her Car Moves Through A Dense Forest Setting Not Unlike One In The Bedtime Stories Meg Used To Read To Her Daughter, Sally But The Girl Riding Beside Meg Is A Teenager Now, And Has Exchanged The Land Of Make Believe For An IPod And Some Personal Space Too Much Space, It Seems, As The Chasm Between Them Has Grown Since The Sudden, Unexpected Death Of Meg S Husband Dire Financial Straits And A Desire For A Fresh Start Take Meg And Sally From A Comfortable Life On Long Island To A Tucked Away Hamlet In Upstate New York Arcadia Falls, Where Meg Has Accepted A Teaching Position At A Boarding School The Creaky, Neglected Cottage Meg And Sally Are To Call Home Feels Like An Ill Portent Of Things To Come, But Meg Is Determined To Make The Best Of It And To Make A Good Impression On The School S Dean, The Diminutive, Elegant Ivy St Clare.St Claire, However, Is Distracted By A Shocking Crisis During Arcadia S First Night Bonfire, One Of Meg S Folklore Students, Isabel Cheney, Plunges To Her Death In A Campus Gorge Sheriff Callum Reade Finds Isabel S Death Suspicious, But Then, He Is A Man With Secrets And A Dark Past Himself Meg Is Unnerved By Reade S Interest In The Girl S Death, And As Long Buried Secrets Emerge, She Must Face Down Her Own Demons And The Danger Threatening To Envelop Sally As The Past Clings Tight To The Present, The Shadows, As If In A Terrifying Fairy Tale, Grow Longer And Deadlier In Arcadia Falls, Award Winning Author Carol Goodman Deftly Weaves A Mesmerizing Narrative Of Passion For Revenge, For Art, For Love. The one other book I ve read by this author, The Lake of Dead Languages, was excellent, and is amongst my favourite reads of this year so far It was a disappointment, then, to find this one so formulaic and uninspired in comparison It was a good story and certainly the kind of thing I generally enjoy the problem, for me, was that it was so similar to The Lake of Dead Languages.The protagonist and narrator is the single mother of an only daughter and, at the start of the book, has moved from The one other book I ve read by this author, The Lake of Dead Languages, was excellent, and is amongst my favourite reads of this year so fa Things I Liked The atmosphere of the book was perfect It was creepy and fairy tale esque and kept reminding me of how gorgeous and mysterious nature can be I loved the aspects of the school s history that related to fairy tales and the mysterious veil that was spread across the whole place The story was pretty intriguing as well, near the end But what I think carries this book is the setting and the descriptions of the time, the location, etc, that make you feel like you are a part of this f Things I Liked The atmosphere of the book was perfe For those that enjoy both historical fiction and mystery, this is a good choice Tho most of it takes place in a contemporary town called Arcadia Falls, the modern day murder mystery parallels a murder that occured in the 1930s The modern day heroine is Meg She is newly widowed and struggling both financially and emotionally and arrives at Arcadia s private art school with her sullen teenage daughter in tow where she proceeds to teach and unravel two murder mysteries The modern day murder of For those that enjoy both historical fiction and mystery, this is a good choice Tho most of it takes place in a contemporary town called Arca This book was choppy and uneven Occasionally you would get drawn into certain scenes or characters, but other times the poor metaphors and overdone references to modern technology or pop culture made it feel heavy handed The climax scenes were ridiculously written, like a bad lifetime movie, but other plot advancing scenes of exploration and observation could be fairly intriguing I wish the depth and moodiness of some of these moments persisted, and that characters could becomereal and This book was choppy and uneven Occasionally you would get drawn into certain scenes or characters, but other times the poor metaphors and overdone references to modern technology or pop culture made it feel heavy handed The climax scenes were ridiculously written, like a bad lifetime movie, but other plot advancing scenes of exploration and observation could be fairly intriguing I wish the depth and moodiness of some of these momen UGH The only reason I m putting this on Good Reads is TO SAVE YOU because if you read the back, it sounds like a book that is interesting, gothic, and has a good mystery It ends up trying to beat you over the head with about a billion different moral platitudes, not to mention a complete disintegration of narrative thread, and implausible tying it all together in the end Plotholes big enough to drop a truck through, and my biggest bug 2 different narrative voices, that actually sound THE UGH The only reason I m putting this on Good Reads is TO SAVE YOU because if you read the back, it sounds like a book t 2.5 Stars.This was a misfire for me I don t know if maybe reading it would be better, instead of listening to it like I did There were just too many characters and too much confusion, and when the secrets of the old boarding school and its surrounding forest were revealed, my reaction was this I wanted to like this book better than I did Described as an enthralling work of literary fiction that follows a mother and daughter as they uncover the sinister secrets of an isolated boarding school , I expected a gripping plot with rich, descriptive prose Instead I was frustrated by a plodding, unbelievable story line It particularl