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A darkly feminist, modern gothic tale pitched against a haunting backdrop, and populated by an electrifying cast of heroines

For 150 years, high above rocky Scottish cliffs, Caldonbrae Hall has sat untouched, a beacon of excellence in an old ancestral castle. A boarding school for girls, it promises that the young women lucky enough to be admitted will emerge “resilient and ready to serve society.”

Into its illustrious midst steps Rose Christie: a 26-year-old Classics teacher, Caldonbrae’s new head of the department, and the first hire for the school in over a decade. At first, Rose is overwhelmed to be invited into this institution, whose prestige is unrivaled. But she quickly discovers that behind the school’s elitist veneer lies an impenetrable, starkly traditional culture that she struggles to reconcile with her modernist beliefs—not to mention her commitment to educating “girls for the future.”

It also doesn’t take long for Rose to suspect that there’s more to the secret circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of her predecessor—a woman whose ghost lingers everywhere—than anyone is willing to let on. In her search for this mysterious former teacher, Rose instead uncovers the darkness that beats at the heart of Caldonbrae, forcing her to confront the true extent of the school’s nefarious purpose, and her own role in perpetuating it.

A darkly feminist tale pitched against a haunting backdrop, and populated by an electrifying cast of heroines, Madam will keep readers engrossed until the breathtaking conclusion.

Edition Language:English
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    Madam Reviews

  • MarilynW

    Madam by Phoebe WynneGreek mythology is one of the many overriding themes of this story. The part where women are so brutalized and villainized that they are considered heroic for scorching their worl...

  • Debra

    Over and out..I am doing something very unusual for me. I am putting this book down. I never dnf a book - you have a higher probability of seeing a unicorn in the wild than seeing me put down a book -...

  • Michael David

    Caldonbrae Hall is an all-girls boarding school in Scotland. It has been a prominent school for over 150 years. 26-year old Rose Christie is the newest teacher they’ve had in years, and also the you...

  • Jayme

    For 150 years Caldonbrae Hall (called Hope by the staff) has been an all girls boarding school, preparing young ladies to emerge “resilient and ready to serve society”. Or at least-ready to serve ...

  • Ceecee

    2.5In 1992 Rose Christie is employed at Calonbrae Hall, a boarding school in Scotland for girls of wealthy and influential families. She is to be the new Head of Classics, a step up the career ladder ...

  • megs_bookrack

    **2.5-stars**When 26-year old, Rose Christie, gets hired on to teach Classics at the illustrious, Caldonbrae Hall, she's understandably nervous about the placement.Caldonbrae, a traditional boarding s...

  • Emma

    As a trainee history teacher who also wants to teach Latin and Classics, this book was irresistible. A prestigious boarding school, a new Classics teacher, some kind of dark past with the potential fo...

  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    Caldonbrae was less of a school, and more of an elite institution containing its own churning practices, a forever fortess turning within itself. Madam is such a beautifully atmospheric book, and ...

  • Jenny Lawson

    This genre is totally my jam but I had a hard time not wanting to throttle the characters sometimes. 3.5 stars...

  • Max

    Definitely cleansing my palette with Madam after some of the questionable thrillers I've read taking place in schools. Madam is exceptional at using the school setting to both make it eerie and use th...