The Truants

The Truants

By Kate Weinberg
336 pages
January 2021

 One of the New York Times Book Review's Top Ten Best Crime Novels of 2020
One of USA Today's Best Books of 2020

"[A] hypnotic debut. . . .[An] uncommonly clever whodunit." --The New York Times Book Review

A thrilling debut novel perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History, exploring deceit, first love, and the depths to which obsession can drive us.

People disappear when they most want to be seen.

Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat gray skies of East Anglia for one reason: to be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr. Lorna Clay, whose seminars soon transform Jess's thinking on life, love, and Agatha Christie. Swept up in Lorna's thrall, Jess falls in with a tightly knit group of rule-breakers--until the dynamic among the friends begins to darken. When a tragedy shatters their friendships and love affairs and reveals a terrible secret, Jess must face the question she fears most: What is the true cost of an extraordinary life? 

The Truants emulates a nigh-on perfect slow burn, generating a pace that makes room for unexpected tragedies as well as silly student antics, drawing out multiple threads of deceptions and lies and a nearly unending river of narrative twists.”  
The Boston Globe

“[A] deliciously creepy addition to the campus-mystery catalogue…[Weinberg] exhibits some of the queen of crime’s best traits.”
The Economist

"A twisty tale....Great characters, lots of deceit, messy love triangles, and several intriguing asides for Christie lovers, this is an enticing read."

“As much a coming-of-age tale as a murder mystery...An impressive debut.”  
The Times (UK)

“Intriguing. . . After surprising twists, Weinberg provides a satisfying conclusion while asking the question: does a mystery lose its magic once it’s solved?”
—The Guardian