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The Swallows A new teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war with deadly conseuences What do you love What do you hate What do you wantIt starts with this simple writing prompt from Alex Witt Stonebridge Academy's new creative writing teacher When the students' answers raise disturbing uestions of their own Ms Witt knows there's going on the school than the faculty wants to see She soon learns about The Ten the students at the top of the school's social hierarchy as well as their connection to something called The DarkroomMs Witt can't remain a passive observer She finds the few girls who've started to uestion the school's boys will be boys attitude and incites a resistance that uickly becomes a movement But just as it gains momentum she also attracts the attention of an unknown enemy who knows a little too much about her including what brought her to Stonebridge in the first placeMeanwhile Gemma a defiant senior has been plotting her attack for years waiting for the right moment Shy loner Norman hates his role in the Darkroom but can't find the courage to fight back until he makes an unlikely alliance And then there's Finn Ford an English teacher with a shady reputation who keeps one eye on his literary ambitions and one on Ms WittAs the school's secrets begin to trickle out a boys versus girls skirmish turns into an all out war with deeply personal and potentially fatal conseuences for everyone involved


10 thoughts on “The Swallows

  1. says:

    A new teacher at a third rate boarding school assigns to her creative writing students the task of answering what appear to be innocent uestions The answers reveal much than she anticipated not only about the students themselves but about hidden activities occurring at the school Cleverly done with a powerful message this novel is amusing as well as uncom


  2. says:

    NOW AVAILABLEthis book is campy and silly while dealing with some very serious subject matter and all those earnest hand wringing folks will likely ask if this is what we “need” right now as a society but today—seduced by the unexpected option—i bought lavender scented roach spray and now i will forever associate bug extermination with vaporized gra


  3. says:

    45 stars rounded upI was a huge fan of Lutz’s The Passenger and the entire Spellman series While the Spellman books were all just great fun The Passenger showed she had the chops to do an intriguing serious mystery With The Swallows we get something different again Alex Witt arrives at a New England boarding school thinking she’s going to teach English L


  4. says:

    Dang it Honestly it pains me to give this one anything less than a stellar review as Lisa Lutz is one of my favorite authors and I credit her Spellman Files series to getting me out of a multi year reading slump All that to say please take this review with a grain of salt and know full well that I could be the outlier here due to the fact that I know she can


  5. says:

    Although painful to read in some places due to the horrific actions of a few this was an amazing book Clearly 5⭐️ for meThe message it brings to light is similar to the new form of hazingbullying that is greatly magnified with social media But the story is much deeper than the flippant “technology is bad” philosophy By the end of the story we learn the


  6. says:

    At the beginning of this book I thought Okay this clearly takes place in a fictional universe of boarding school novels where we have dropped all pretense that anything in it is real or related to real life And I was willing to suspend my disbelief for that Boarding school novels can be campy fun or dark microcosms of teenage misbehavior I'm down for that This


  7. says:

    Boys will be boys  I've heard it all my life and wager that you have too  It's a poor excuse for some of the behavior taking place at Stonebridge Academy  The Darkroom  It's not dark enough to obscure the nasty goings on there nor the resultant fallout  A point will be reached when the truth no longer matters and any lies told are for one's own good  It's


  8. says:

    Find all of my reviews at 45 Stars “Non ducor duco I am not led I lead” In what has become a season of mediocre reactions and wrongreading allow me to take a moment for a book that made me say Lisa Lutz is an author who has been on my radar basically since I became active on Goodreads but one I avoided in fear of disappointing my Goodreads friends I did fin


  9. says:

    The axe forgets but the tree remembers African Proverb I’ve long been a fan of Lutz’ work I laughed through her Spellman series enjoyed her cleverness in The Last Word and The Passenger was a wild ride in thriller territory But this one seems to take everything from all of those previous the humor the ingenuity and suspense and raises the bar This is a reveng


  10. says:

    45 starsLisa Lutz was already one of my favorite authors and this book just further cemented her status It's her most thought provoking novel yet This book stirs up emotions and makes you think which is always a winning combination Alexandra Witt takes on a position as a creative writing teacher at Stonebridge Academy She's curious about something called the Darkro


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