Publisher Voice marketed Charlotte Baconâ€™s THE TWISTED THREAD as a mystery, but itâ€™s more a mainstream novel with elements of suspense. The action takes place at Armitage Academy, a prestigious boarding school for children of the rich and a few scholarship students from the surrounding, and much poorer, community. Much of the mystery surrounds the death of Claire Harkness, one of the most popular girls in the school. She is found, naked in her room, showing signs of recently giving birth. Not only had no one realized her pregnancy, but where is the missing baby? And why did she feel she had to keep it a secret in the first place?