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Hazard Night by Laura Vaughan : a review

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Hazard Night by Laura Vaughan

  • Category : Thriller
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Corvus; Main edition (1 Feb. 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1838957103
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1838957100
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Hazard Night Summary

Cleeve College is not for everyone…

When Eve’s husband is appointed housemaster at his old boarding school, Cleeve College, she gives up her life in London to join him. But the isolation and loss of autonomy threaten both her happiness and her marriage.

The arrival of Fen, an enigmatic artist and wife of the new Classics teacher, is a welcome distraction. Fen doesn’t play by the rules, and she and Eve enter into a game of escalating dares, disrupting the delicate balance of school life.

Then, the morning after Hazard Night, a tradition that allows the students to run wild and play pranks for one day, a body is found. Someone has been murdered. And it seems everyone has something to hide…

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Hazard Night Review

This is a great murder mystery set in a boarding school.

When Eve’s husband accepted a job as a housemaster at his old school, Cleeve College she soon felt isolated after leaving London. When Fen, an artist also came to live at the school with her husband Gabriel, the new Classics teacher, Eve’s life became exciting again.

Eve and Fen make dares with each other to pass their time, until they realise they are at times inappropriate.

The story is told with two narratives, Eve and a girl Alice who lives with her father, the school’s chaplain. Even though Alice goes to a different school she has wandered around Cleeve College enough have an excellent understanding of the school. Feeling invisible she believes she can wander unnoticed by the elite.

After a traditional game on Hazard Night, a game held for the leavers of the school at the end of the year, a body is found and many of the characters become a suspect.

I enjoyed the two narratives and felt for Alice, feeling like an outsider in her own home. Making friends with one of the students led her to trouble.

Hazard Night is an easy-to-read thriller which I found gripping and pacy.  A good read.

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About the Author

Laura Vaughan grew up in rural Wales. She got her first book deal aged twenty-two and spent several years working in publishing, followed by a behind-the-scenes role at English National Ballet. She lives in South London with her husband and two children. Hazard Night is her third novel for adults.

Twitter @CorvusBooks

Twitter @LVaughanwrites

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