Catherine House

Catherine House

A story about a dangerously curious young undergraduate whose rebelliousness leads her to discover a shocking secret involving an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s promise of prestige.

You are in the house and the house is in the woods.
You are in the house and the house is in you . . .


Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study with its experimental curriculum, wildly selective admissions policy, and formidable endowment, has produced some of the world’s best minds: prize-winning authors, artists, inventors, Supreme Court justices, presidents. For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years—summers included—completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises its graduates a future of sublime power and prestige, and that they can become anything or anyone they desire.

Among this year’s incoming class is Ines, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, pills, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline—only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. The school’s enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore, to expand their minds, to find themselves and their place within the formidable black iron gates of Catherine.

For Ines, Catherine is the closest thing to a home she’s ever had, and her serious, timid roommate, Baby, soon becomes an unlikely friend. Yet the House’s strange protocols make this refuge, with its worn velvet and weathered leather, feel increasingly like a gilded prison. And when Baby’s obsessive desire for acceptance ends in tragedy, Ines begins to suspect that the school—in all its shabby splendor, hallowed history, advanced theories, and controlled decadence—might be hiding a dangerous agenda that is connected to a secretive, tightly knit group of students selected to study its most promising and mysterious curriculum.

Title:Catherine House
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062905659
Format Type:

    Catherine House Reviews

  • Cindy

    This book would be enjoyed by people who like atmospheric gothic stories and are OK with there not being any plot progressing forward. It doesn’t seek to answer questions or resolve mysteries, but p...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    School of selected, special, successful, superior students (too many S letters in a sentence seems like special spell. Oh no! Again too many s letters make me feel like stuck in a spell) made me think...

  • Michelle

    Believe me when I tell you that I tried to like this. I really, really did but I'm at 60% and I just can not force myself to keep reading this. For whatever reason my brain is struggling to understand...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This definitely won't be a book for everyone, but I have to say that I really enjoyed the weird, quirky attributes this story had to offer. Please do not confuse the author's brevity of content for wr...

  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWhen I first started reading this book, I couldn't quite figure out why the ratings for CATHERINE HOUSE were so poor. Ines was a desperate, an...

  • Jenna

    "The cup is in my hands.My hands are in the house.The house is in the woods.The woods are in my hands."You know that saying, "If it sounds too good to be true it probably is"? Yes, of course you do. W...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Oh my goodness... At times I felt I needed to have my head examined while reading “Catherine House”. But there is an addictive quality mixed with a few lagging parts.... but then back to addictive...

  • Kim ~ It?s All About the Thrill

    Catherine House......the place you finally belong...the place you want to stay...the place you want to leave...the place you love...the place you hate... Holy mixed reviews on this one! I truly enjoye...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5. We are living in a unsettling and uncertain time. I think that is why I was drawn into this novel. Catherine House is a very unusual school. Past students of this school have graduated to become ...

  • Bookishrealm

    So why didn't anybody tell me how much of my time I was going to waste reading this book? Yes, it was atmospheric. Yes, I was intrigued at the idea of this taking place at a boarding school BUT this b...