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Catherine House

The college that won't let you leave...
  • Author
    • Elisabeth Thomas
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'A delicious, diverse, genre-bending gothic, as smart as it is spooky' Chloe Benjamin

During your three years at Catherine House you will have no contact with those in the outside world.

Each of our students has been selected as someone who belongs here. You will give to Catherine and Catherine will give to you.

We will not let each other down.


Catherine House is a university like no other. Into its celebrated world steps Ines, a young woman who welcomes the school's isolation rather than its illustrious past. As the gates close and Ines finds herself start to be inevitably seduced by its magnetic power, she begins to realise the question isn't why she chose to come to Catherine House; but why Catherine House chose her.

'A brilliantly observed tale brimming with subtle malevolence' Irenosen Okojie

'Echoes of The Secret History and Never Let Me Go' Daily Mail


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Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step' Washington Post

  • Published: Dec 10 2020
  • Pages: 336
  • 196 x 128mm
  • ISBN: 9781472262448

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Press Reviews

  • Forbes, 10 most anticipated books of 2020
    Thomas's debut novel is a dark, delicious gothic read that hits all the right spots in the best way. If you want a book you can't put down for even a second, this is it
  • Louise O'Neill
    Catherine House is a deliciously sinister novel that bristles with an unsettling glamour. It's almost impossible not to be seduced by Elisabeth Thomas's beautiful writing and the intoxicating world she has created
  • Irenosen Okojie
    A brilliantly observed tale brimming with subtle malevolence. An atmospheric, hypnotic delight
  • Publisher's Weekly
    Spellbinding... Surreal imagery, spare characterization, and artful, hypnotic prose lend Thomas's tale a delirious air, but at the book's core lies a profound portrait of depression and adolescent turmoil. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History will devour this philosophical fever dream
  • Observer
    Gothic horror provides the architecture for an arrestingly strange melange of speculative fiction and teen trauma in this atmospheric debut novel . . . nibbling menace spurs the plot onwards
  • Daily Mail
    Echoes of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go contribute an intriguing undercurrent to this unsettling gothic concoction
  • Washington Post
    Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step
  • Booklist
    Catherine House is a haunting, atmospheric reflection on the discovery of self and others. At times terrifying, always gorgeously captivating, Thomas' debut is one not to be missed, and perhaps to be revisited frequently
  • Woman's Way
    This has to be one of the most gripping books I've read this year... The read feels claustrophobic, decadent, extreme and sad in equal measure, and I was amazed by the plot
  • Woman's Weekly
    This suspenseful read is a terrific debut
  • New York Times
    [A] delicious literary gothic debut
  • Chloe Benjamin

    A delicious, diverse, genre-bending gothic, as smart as it is spooky