My Thoughts

I discovered Author Charlie Donlea last year when I read Some Choose Darkness, and I loved it!  So when I saw he was coming out with a new book this year I knew it was one I had to read.

I find that stories about prep schools all start to run together if you read enough of them.  Not this one.  I was on the edge of my seat while reading this page turner.  The book automatically pulls you in by starting off Chapter 1 with Journal Entry.  You quickly figure out that the journal belongs to someone who got away with murder when they were younger.  

Every so often the chapters take us back to Westmont Prep- Summer of 2019 and then bring us back to the investigation in August 2020.  So we get a peek into how the survivors from that night are doing, and we get to go along with the investigation past and present.  There is one element to the investigation I couldn’t figure out until the end.  It’s a nice little twist.

There are quite a few players and it did take a moment to figure out whose who, but that didn’t slow me down.   Each character played an important part no matter how short lived.  However you know that if a character died early, they were on to something!

This was such a wild ride, and I loved every minute of it.  I would have liked the podcast to have played a bigger part, but it was kind of the jumpstart needed to look more into what happened that night at the abandoned boarding house.  I felt the main characters were well developed and so intriguing.  

If you enjoy reading Charlie Donlea’s books, then don’t miss out on this one when it’s released July 28, 2020.  I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next!

Thank you Kensington Books and Author Charlie Donlea for allowing me to read this in advance.

Book Rating: 5/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.

Goodreads Synopsis

Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out–unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house–to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win–or to survive. . . .