Thorn Abbey, by Nancy Ohlin (book review) – love beyond death, vengeance beyond the grave?

book cover of Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin published by Simon PulsePerfect beauty,
ideal love,
no room for the merely average?

Tess feels like a sparrow among peacocks when she transfers from her huge urban high school in upstate New York to private Thorn Abbey, with its ultra-wealthy students and palatial buildings. Peer pressure there is strong, but her growing feelings for Max are stronger – surely she can help him get over the tragic death of his girlfriend last spring…

Ask for Thorn Abbey at your local library or favorite independent bookstore and shiver through this spooky tale of love and obsession, a retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Rebecca.


Book info:  Thorn Abbey / Nancy Ohlin. Simon Pulse, 2013.  [author site]  [publisher site]  [video author visit] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: Whatever Tess expected at private school, it wasn’t moving into a dead girl’s room, falling for her still-mourning boyfriend, or encountering a malicious spirit after English class!

Tess came to Thorn Abbey for academics; her privileged classmates are mostly there to party and gossip on this picturesque New England coastal campus. The so-tragic drowning death of Becca last spring has left Max terribly depressed, and there are bitter undercurrents in conversations that Tess overhears in their dorms.

Finding out that she’s in Becca’s old room is a shock, Max’s growing attraction to her is a delight, but the eerie nighttime apparitions and attacks are starting to freak out Tess.

Whose advice should Tess follow at Thorn Abbey?
Could ultra-rich Max from Manhattan really fall in love with a shy middle-class girl from nowheresville?
Was Becca’s death really an accident?

Devon was Becca’s roommate, is now Tess’s roommate, and definitely has secrets that are giving her nightmares in this modern-day retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Rebecca.  (One of 6,000 books recommended on

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