The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood
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Ignoring even a few fantastic coincidences that the plot hinges on, for a novel that prominently features a psychologist, it’s quite bad at letting us into these characters to see how they really tick.
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*Finalist for the Costa First Novel Award*

*Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize*

 
From a rising literary star, a thrilling debut novel of psychological suspense set among the colleges of Cambridge

When bright and bookish Oscar Lowe follows the haunting sound of an organ into the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge, one day, his whole world changes. He meets a beautiful and seductive medical student, Iris Bellwether, and her charismatic and troubled brother Eden. Oscar is seduced by their life of scholarship and privilege, but when Eden convinces Iris and her close-knit group of friends to participate in a series of disturbing experiments, Oscar fears he has entered into something from which he cannot escape. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, The Bellwether Revivals is a gripping exploration of the line between genius and madness that will hold readers spellbound until its breathtaking conclusion.

 

About Benjamin Wood

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Ben Wood attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received a graduate degree in 1987 from the London School of Economics and Political Science for his studies in International and Comparative Politics. He has been published in World War II Magazine, History Magazine and Halcyon a journal of the Humanities. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians and teaches high school history.
 
Published June 14, 2012 by Penguin Books. 428 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Samantha Harvey on Mar 16 2012

...there is the feeling that the characters have been too sparely sketched and the tone too light to bear up under the force of that outcome.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Mar 23 2012

Ignoring even a few fantastic coincidences that the plot hinges on, for a novel that prominently features a psychologist, it’s quite bad at letting us into these characters to see how they really tick.

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Reviewed by KIMBERLY BOURGEOIS on Sep 06 2012

How slippery is the slope between madness and genius? And what exactly is the scope of music’s healing powers? Since answers are muddied by the clamour of violence, readers seeking tidy truths won’t find them here.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Mar 23 2012

Predictably, the surrounding cast don’t fare much better than our main character, flattening out the whole story into a kind of gilded thriller, ornate trappings shining over a prosaic core. Like the misguided Eden, The Bellwether Revivals doesn’t quite have the magic it purports to possess.

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