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Madam
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Rachiiebookdragon
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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An intriguing book.

4.25/5

Read for:

#PopSugarReadingChallenge2022

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Gissy
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

4th book read during #SuperSeptember Readathon @Andrew65 An unpopular opinion. This dark academia book is hated by most reader but I really enjoyed it. This is a boarding school for elite girls. Maybe is unreal, unbelievable and even absurd the dynamic in this school but I love the integration of Classical Greek mythology to create introspection and make changes in these girls. I read it as almost a dystopian world. 4⭐️It has low rating in GR 3⭐️

Bookworm54 I really liked this one! 4mo
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves so I‘m glad to hear that you liked it! 👍 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Fabulous progress!!! 4mo
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AllDebooks
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Mehso-so

Entertaining read with some good elements and strong characters. Enjoyed the little viginettes of women in Greek mythology, and the students discussions afterwards.

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JenniferEgnor
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this book. I think the story itself is good, but I just didn‘t like how it was written.

How fitting that Rose, who ignored her mother‘s feminism, ended up at such a terrible, misogynist place, where that same feminism was needed.

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Sumi
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t sure what I was getting into with this book. It is a version of a type of book about an elite boarding school. It is suspenseful & horrifying & I loved how the author used Classical Mythology to illuminate the narrative.

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Hooked_on_books
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Panpan

This book starts off so well: Rose is hired to teach at an exclusive girls‘ boarding school that basically never has job openings, but when she arrives, there seems to be something sinister going on. It builds tension really well, but when it‘s revealed what‘s happening, I wasn‘t remotely convinced and just found it ludicrous. I was hoping it would redeem itself, but that ending? No way. I say skip this one.

Megabooks Thought about getting this. Glad I passed. 1y
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks Honestly, I struggled to finish it. If the twist/reveal had worked for me, I would have liked but not loved it. 1y
TiredLibrarian Too bad. I'm a sucker for creepy boarding school tales, but I'll pass on this one. 1y
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BClark
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

Oh myyyyy. Rose is a young teacher recruited to work at a distinguished private boarding school. She accepts the job, but for no reason at all before she even arrives her intuition is telling her something is not right. Always keep in mind the adages, if it looks too good to be true it probably is AND absolute power corrupts absolutely. Be prepared, in the last quarter of the book your jaw will be dropping open often. Wow!

Bklover This looks really awesome, my friend! 1y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Mehso-so

This was just okay. I hyped it up to be better in my mind so was a bit disappointed

5feet.of.fury That cover is superb 1y
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Anya91
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Summer Reading 📖🍎

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sparrowssavvy
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

The best thing about this book for me was the unease. The author did a great job of making me uneasy from ten pages in. I was expecting something supernatural, but still thought it was a captivating read. Powered through it in a day. I noticed it got a lot of varying reviews, which I‘m definitely interested in reading now that I‘ve read the book. Solid author debut in my opinion.

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emmaturi
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

Wow! This was a brilliant book! It is sinister, gothic, tense and gripping. Set in Scotland, Caldonbrae Hall is a boarding school for girls. Rose starts working there and is full of enthusiasm. She will teach classics. She attempts to introduce her modernist beliefs but realises the school is very traditional. There is lots of strange goings on and Rose starts to wonder what has she let herself in for working here.

vivastory This one sounds fantastic! 2y
squirrelbrain Ooh I‘ve had my eye on this for a while…. 2y
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Readergrrl
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Mehso-so

Gothic mystery. Scotland. Antiestablishment. I wanted to love this novel more, but I found myself skipping to the end to see what would happen. Typically, this is my favorite genre and anything Scotland is always going to head to the top of my TBR pile. Unfortunately, this just missed the mark for me. I was annoyed by the main character and I found the conflict to be a bit unrealistic. I hate to trash a novel, but I can only give this 3/5 ⭐️

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GidgetsTreasures75
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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7-15-21: My 75th finished book of 2021! 1990s Scotland. Caldonbrae Hall is a boarding school for girls. Rose Christie is a newly hired teacher. She quickly discovers that behind the school‘s elitist veneer lies a starkly traditional culture that she struggles to reconcile with her feminist beliefs. This one was a slow build but lots of surprises!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👍🏼📖#️⃣7️⃣5️⃣

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Twocougs
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

Girls boarding school in Scotland for the elite of Britain. Preparing young women for their ultimate job, serving their husbands (🤬😡🤬). Upsetting. A pretty good first novel for Phoebe Wynne.

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sprainedbrain
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Mehso-so

I think my expectations were too high for this book… it wasn‘t bad, but it wasn‘t as great as it could have been. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Full review on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/06/19/audiobook-review-madam-by-phoebe-wynne/

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kappadeemom
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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I love a boarding school book with a Gothic vibe; however, I felt like some of the story was missing. I would have liked to read more about the students backgrounds and sometimes the book the jumped around by days and I was lost in the narrative. I did read an advanced copy, so I hope that it gets cleaned up before publication.

robinb I had a few issues with this one as well. It was SO dark that I was exhausted by the end of the book...if that makes any sense. 😂 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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A moody cover book to start and a moody and perfect night to settle into it - thunderstorms are starting!

Alfoster Loved this one!❤️👏 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Alfoster yay! 🥳 great to hear! 2y
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Kappadeemom
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Ok, diving into this one..I love a good boarding school book🖤🖤

BittersweetBooks So do I! This one sounds good too. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I just picked this up over the weekend. 2y
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KarenUK
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

Part gothic mystery, part feminist dystopian horror, definitely has some plot holes, but it‘s unputdownable! Rose, a young Classics teacher, gets mysteriously recruited to join the staff of an all-girls boarding school, located on a windswept peninsula in Scotland. The remote location and unwelcoming girls (and teachers), help create an eerie atmosphere as a creeping sense of dread grows. It goes a little off the rails, but it‘s a fun page-turner!

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2y
TheLudicReader You had me at gothic, boarding school, Scotland. 🤣 2y
KarenUK Thanks @TrishB I think you might like this one.... (edited) 2y
KarenUK @TheLudicReader like me! I hear the words boarding school and I‘m in! 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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Addison_Reads
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

Although this one was slow building for me, I loved the setting and the gothic atmosphere so much that I didn't mind the slow pace in the beginning.

This school has a dark secret and one teacher is determined to find out what is really going on. However, as she starts asking too many questions she begins to feel like she might be in danger.

I enjoyed this one; I didn't love it, but it's a well-done mystery/thriller.

#NetGalley

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Cinfhen
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

Caldonbrae Hall, or “Hope” to insiders, is a prestigious English boarding school on the craggy shores of Scotland. Rose Christie can‘t believe her good fortune when she is hired to teach the Classics at the elite school. But Rose soon realizes that something sinister is going on inside these ancient halls. This book is DISTURBING, with an increasing sense of dread and horror as you read further along.👇🏼

Cinfhen Sure, this book has some plot holes, and I could list a few potential weaknesses but I didn‘t care because this book was BONKERS and UNPUTDOWNABLE. #NetGalley PUBLISHES MAY 18
2y
squirrelbrain Sounds great - I‘ll keep an eye out for it! 2y
squirrelbrain Just requested it on #netgalley.....🤞 2y
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TrishB Definitely intrigued..... 2y
AmyG You had me at...disturbing. 🤣 2y
Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 @squirrelbrain 💚💚💚 2y
LeahBergen Well, now I‘m off to order this. 🤣 2y
KarenUK Great review! I‘m sooooo in! 2y
batsy Dread and horror? Sign me up 😂 2y
LoverOfLearning Sounds like a great read! Reminds me of a horror movie I saw a few years ago. Lol I don't remember the name. 2y
LeahBergen Aaaand... it‘s ordered. 😆 2y
Kalalalatja Ooooooh, Bording school and dread and horror sound like my kind of combo 🙌 2y
Cinfhen It‘s gotten mixed reviews and I understand why BUT if you‘re down for evil, sinister, CREEPY AF dark academia this book DELIVERS @Kalalalatja @batsy @AmyG @KarenUK 2y
Cinfhen Hahahaha you‘re the BEST #JohnnyBergensMom @LeahBergen you‘ll have to tag me in your review xxx 2y
rubyslippersreads Boarding school, yes. Creepy AF, not sure. 😂 I‘m going to await reviews from @LeahBergen @batsy @KarenUK and the rest of you before I decide. 2y
Cinfhen Good call @rubyslippersreads it‘s a very polarizing book. 2y
robinb I had mixed feelings on this one, but definitely polarizing, creepy and disturbing. 2y
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry, I somehow missed your comment @LoverOfLearning but maybe now you remember the name of the horror movie 😉Id say this book could be called horror, right @robinb ?? And a bit of Handmaid‘s vibes, too!?!!! 2y
robinb Yes, it gives that horror vibe. Very heavy and dark. I felt wrung out by the end of it. 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Cinfhen I‘m still grossed out over the sex part with the teacher 🤢🤮 @robinb and this is a school of legacy 😱 2y
robinb @Cinfhen Yes!!! Basically not a redeeming character in the book. She became so lethargic about it all sometimes that I just wanted to shake her. However, it all just seemed so hopeless and inevitable, I can understand just wanting to give up and conform. 2y
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Cinfhen
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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I‘ve started a new #AudioARC #NetGalley This might be your jam @KarenUK Creepy AF English boarding school for girls, dark academia, gothic vibes, sinister shit is definitely going on...

KarenUK This is coming up for me soon on Netgalley 👍💕 2y
Cinfhen I‘m not surprised \ book is SUPER CREEPY @KarenUK (edited) 2y
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robinb
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings here. Gothic feel but set in 1990s Scottish Highlands at a prestigious 150 yo girls boarding school. Rose, the new Classics teacher begins to discover a nightmarish sinister curriculum underneath the illusion. While billed as a feminist tale, I was disappointed in the naivety of Rose and her meekness through much of the book. It was also mentally exhaustingly long dealing with the appalling subject matter of how these girls were⬇️

robinb being judged/groomed. For me, the denouement gave me conflicting emotions rather than any satisfactory closure. While I had no problem with the writing, TBH I was relieved to be finished with it (all 350+ pages) as it was wearying and depressing. 3/5⭐️ 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Bummer. Sounds like it had potential. 2y
robinb @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I hated to be such a downer as some will no doubt like it. I think it would have been better overall with some tightening as I felt it was slow in places and also the heroine was naive for much too long as to what was going on and then almost lethargic about what to do about it. Also, to me it wasn't really a “feminist“ story, just mainly a psychological story about the abuse of young girls. (edited) 2y
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Gadgetgirl71
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Mehso-so

My Rating: 3⭐⭐⭐

Ok so I did enjoy this book, but would it be a book that I‘d pick up and reread? No its not. The story is based in Scotland during the 1990‘s. Where there are no mobile phones and the only way of communication is via letters or a landline/pay phone. Except this school for girls is run as though they are living in the 1800‘s. Where women had no say or choice in how their lives would work out.

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Bookworm54
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Pickpick

Rose is a young teacher, the first outside hire for a prestigious boarding school for girls, Caldonbrae Hall. But on arrival she finds that things are being kept from her. The girls have lessons that teachers are not privy to, and talk about discipline and value. Her predecessor left under secretive circumstances and Rose is unable to discover why. And when the purpose of Caldonbrae is realised, everything she believes in is threatened.

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quirkyreader
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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This one turned me sideways. Here is the link to my gr review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3594070750?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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quirkyreader
Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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#bookmail. I won this as a goodreads giveaway. Thank you @ScribnerBooks