Because murderers are never who you expect…
She was the quiet one… but is she guilty?
For twin sisters Rose and Bel, enrolling at the prestigious new boarding school should have been a fresh start. But with its sinister rituals and traditions, Odell soon brings out a deadly rivalry between the sisters.
For Sarah and husband Heath, the chance to teach at Odell seems like the best thing that ever happened to their small family – a chance to rise through the ranks and put the past behind them.
Until one dark night ends in murder.
But who’s guilty and who’s telling the truth? And who’s been in on it all along..?
Having been to a boarding school myself mysteries set in school settings have always intrigued me. I think it’s the sense of reliving some of the experience and the familiarity with some of the pupils that makes it so interesting.
The author does a great job with the characters in this book as whilst they are fairly stereotypical I felt they were well developed and I enjoyed learning more about them. The twins are very different to one another and it was interesting to see their different friends and experiences at school. I’ve seen a couple of reviewers describe one group as similar to those in the film ‘mean girls’ which I would say was accurate. Some of their activities, particularly those describing hazing of other students, were quite uncomfortable to read about and I often flipped past them.
The mystery of who has died was very well done and I liked the suspense and gradual revealing of this. The reader is aware that one twin has been held for this murder at the beginning of the book but not which one. This is gradually revealed through a series of flashbacks and police interviews which made for quite gripping reading. However I felt that once I discovered who had died it was quite obvious who had done it, though that is just my personal opinion and may be the result of reading lots of mysteries!
This is the second book by this author and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. If you like stories about teenage cliques or murder mysteries set in schools then you’ll love this book.
Huge thanks to HQ Stories for my copy of this book via Netgalley and to Joe Thomas for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School. She worked at a prestigious Manhattan law firm before spending eight years fighting crime in NYC as a federal prosecutor. Her debut novel It’s Always The Husband was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.