[Weinberg's]prose is fluid, at times startling, and her insights into society and human behaviour sharp. She knows the difference between drama and tension, and frequently underplays scenes and back story... Dialogue is a particular strength in this book, hitting the sweet spot between exposition and naturalism. Chats are interesting, intelligent, fresh, and cover everything from literature to monogamy to politics. This is a debut that may sell itself as a murder mystery but there is much more going on between the covers. The Truants is a campus novel, a love story, a book that delves into messy, triangular relationships and their consequences
As much a coming-of-age tale as a murder mystery, Kate Weinberg’s first novel explores “the sweet spot of heightened possibility before things tip over and get ugly”...
If there is a moral (apart from beware the boy with beautiful eyes), it’s that self-deception is a dangerous sin. An impressive debut.
A coming-of-age story and campus novel rolled into one, it is given greater depth by the shadow of Christie, who stalks the pages. With deft characterisation, plenty of mystery and twists in the tale, it had me gripped.
It takes a while for the novel to pick up the pace. Though they serve a purpose in fleshing out Jess’s background, the flashbacks to her upbringing are less compelling but Weinberg’s prose is still crisp enough to keep you reading. Ultimately, the character of Lorna is most intriguing. Jess feels protective of her eccentric tutor — but is Jess the one who should be protected from Lorna?