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Coram House

Bailey Seybolt

Sharp Objects meets I Have Some Questions for You in this haunting novel--inspired by a true story--about a crime writer who risks everything as she investigates the mystery of two deaths, decades apart, at a crumbling Vermont orphanage.

On a blistering summer day in 1968, nine-year-old Tommy vanishes without a trace from Coram House, an orphanage on the shores of Lake Champlain. Some say a nun drowned him, others say he ran away. Or maybe he never existed. Fifty years later, his disappearance is still unsolved.

Struggling true crime writer Alex Kelley needs a fresh start. When she's asked to ghostwrite a book about the orphanage--and the abuses that occurred there--she packs up her belongings and moves to wintry Burlington, Vermont.

As Alex tries to untangle the conflicting stories surrounding Tommy's disappearance, her investigation takes a chilling turn when she discovers a woman's body in the lake. Alex is convinced the death is connected to Coram House's dark past, even if local police officer Russell Parker thinks she's just desperate for a career-saving story. As the body count rises, Alex must prove that the key to finding the killer lies in Tommy's murder, or risk becoming the next victim.

Drawing inspiration from the real-life stories of St. Joseph's Orphanage, Coram House "reckons with both the long aftermath of violence and the hazards of writing true crime. It is an eerie, suspenseful mystery, sure to find readers among fans of Tana French" (Flynn Berry, author of Northern Spy).

Book Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publish Date: Apr 15th, 2025
  • Pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.83in - 1.13lb
  • EAN: 9781668057001
  • Categories: Thrillers - SuspensePsychologicalWomen

About the Author

Seybolt, Bailey: - Bailey Seybolt grew up in New York City. She studied literature at Brown University and creative writing at Concordia University. She's worked as a travel writer in Hanoi, a tech writer in San Francisco, and many writerly jobs in between. She now lives with her family in Vermont, not far from Lake Champlain. Coram House is her debut novel. Find out more at BaileySeybolt.com.

Praise for this book

"Atmospheric and chilling, Coram House reckons with both the long aftermath of violence and the hazards of writing true crime. It is an eerie, suspenseful mystery, sure to find readers among fans of Tana French." -Flynn Berry, New York Times bestselling author of Northern Spy