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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Cook Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nominated three times for the Edgar Award, Thomas H. Cook continues to mesmerize readers with novels that combine tales of passion and intrigue with the best in page-turning suspense. Listeners find his pensive, lyrical style irresistible. As lawyer Henry Griswald draws up an aging client’s will, he reflects on a series of events between 1926 and 1927 that shattered the peace of his boyhood community.

Griswald, then a student at the school where his father was headmaster, witnessed a passion that would change him forever. At the heart of Griswald’s reverie lies a mystery only he can solve. What really happened at Black Pond—a tragedy that eventually destroyed five lives? Seeing his boyhood memories through the eyes of experience and age, Griswald relives the emotion-charged chain of events. As he pieces the tantalizing puzzle together, he also pulls the listener into a growing awareness of the terrible consequences of his childish vision.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A seductive book…the key to this mystery lies in the mind of the narrator. The pleasure is finding a new perspective to read that mind.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Henry Griswald, narrator of The Chatham School Affair, holds the key. Using the same dark, brooding tone that permeated Breakheart Hill, Thomas Cook has crafted a disturbing yet entertaining psychological thriller.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In this literate, compelling novel, he observes the lives of people doomed to fates beyond their control and imagination…Cook is a marvelous stylist, gracing his prose with splendid observations about people and the lush, potentially lethal landscape surrounding them. Events accelerate with increasing force, but few readers will be prepared for the surprise that awaits at novel’s end. Literary boundaries mean little to Cook; crime fiction is much the better for that.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Cook’s novel takes the form of Henry’s memoir—an attempt to understand what led to tragedy at Black Pond. Like much of Cook’s previous work, it is the story of how our secrets control our destinies. This is a powerful, engaging, and deeply moving novel, highly recommended for all who enjoy well-crafted, genre-bending crime fiction.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nikki | 2/18/2014

    " The Chatham School Affair is a psychological suspense novel with the narrator looking back at events that took place fifty or so years previously, when he was a teenager. It is set on Cape Cod. If I had not been reading it as part of my Edgar Best Novels Project, I probably would not have finished it. Not that it was not well written, for it was. But since the story is told in the first person, it is the narrator who is the most fully realized character, and I found him self-centered and impossible to like. The story is certainly unusual and there is quite a bit of philosophizing by several of the characters. Some of their philosophies are better than others. There are many people who like this sort of thing, and to them I can recommend this book. I, however, did not find it edifying and can safely skip Mr. Cook's other books (the edition I read had an opening chapter from a subsequent book and I could tell I wouldn't like that either.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/17/2014

    " Totally awesome book taking place on Cape Cod. A lot of going back and forth about a scandal that took place while the narrator was a teenager. I liked the fact that you had to keep guessing exactly what the "Chatham School Affair" was until the last page! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julie | 2/16/2014

    " Perhaps I am too new to the mystery genre, but I always expect more of a Sherlock Holmes style or even The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rendering where the excitement of the mystery is uncovering the clues and piecing them together to find the culprit, or perhaps that is my analytically trained mind that wishes for it. Either way, I found Cook's style of reminiscing and only providing a glimpse of a detail here and there quite maddening. Although I suppose in a way, this also leads you through the clues until you find the final culprit, but it's not as linear and the clues are mostly misinterpreted by the reader up until the very end, yet because the crime is known the entire time it doesn't making it nearly as exciting as a "surprise" ending would be. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jaime | 2/9/2014

    " Suspense. He's a good one. "

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