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Author: Joanna Goodman Narrator: Andi Arndt Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780062660701
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In this suspenseful, provocative novel of friendship, secrets, and deceit, a successful writer returns to her elite Swiss boarding school to get to the bottom of a tragic accident that took place while she was a student twenty years earlier.

How far would you go to uncover the truth? One spring night in 1998 the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth-floor balcony at the Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamour, officials quickly dismiss the incident as an accident, but questions remain: Was it a suicide attempt? Or was Cressida pushed? It was no secret that she had a selfish streak and had earned as many enemies as allies in her tenure at the school. For her best friend, scholarship student Kersti Kuusk, the lingering questions surrounding Cressida's fall continue to nag long after she leaves the Lycée. Kersti marries and becomes a bestselling writer, but never stops wondering about Cressida's obsession with the Helvetian Society—a secret club banned years before their arrival at the school—and a pair of its members who were expelled. When Kersti is invited as a guest to the Lycée's 100th Anniversary, she begins probing the cover-up, unearthing a frightening underbelly of lies and abuse at the prestigious establishment. And in one portentous moment, Kersti makes a decision that will connect her to Cressida forever and raise the stakes dangerously high in her own desire to solve the mystery and redeem her past. An unputdownable read as clever as it is compelling, The Finishing School offers a riveting glimpse into a privileged, rarefied world in which nothing is as it appears.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A shocking, satisfying read.”

    Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author

  • “So well-written, so perfectly paced, and so full of surprises that it is impossible to put down.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick)

  • “An addictive read full of skillfully conveyed characters.”

    Library Journal

  • “Through the lens of Kersti’s research, Goodman unravels a web of lies intertwining the well-developed characters that cross Kersti’s path.”


  • “Suspenseful…If your guilty-pleasure reads include elite boarding schools, secret societies, murder, and scandal, this one’s for you.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • The Finishing School pulls back the curtain to expose a fascinating world of desire, betrayal, and dangerous secrets.”

    Lou Berney, Edgar Award–winning author

  • “A compelling tale of horrific teenage secrets inside the walls of an elite school in Switzerland, unearthed with verve and sly irony.”

    Deborah Lawrenson, author of 300 Days of Sun

  • “Plunges the reader headfirst into a fast-paced, nail-biting mystery that also manages to explore friendship, love, adolescence, family, and motherhood.”

    Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie

  • “A compelling story by a writer who clearly knows her way around the thin-oxygen world of the rich and famous. Every page resonates with authenticity.”

    Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice

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About the Author

Joanna Goodman is a Canadian author of several novels. Originally from Montreal, she now lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

About the Narrator

Andi Arndt is a professional voice actor, the winner of a 2017 Audie Award for Best Romance, and winner of two Earphones Awards.