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Contributor(s): Mele, Dana
ISBN: 1524741701     ISBN-13: 9781524741709
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: February 2018
Annotation: "When a girl is found dead at her elite boarding school, soccer-star Kay Donovan follows a scavenger hunt which implicates suspects increasingly close to her, unraveling her group of popular friends and perfectly constructed life"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mystery and detective stories.
Murder; Fiction.
Boarding schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017028973
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 6.25" W x 1.50" (1.10 lbs) 378 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q72788
Reading Level: 6.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 20.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler. This is her first novel.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Boarding school student Kay is suspected of murder after she finds the body of a dead classmate. While Kay hides her involvement with past crimes, she discovers a creepy website instructing her to ruin her mean-girl friends or be framed for the murder. While some clues resolve quickly, Kay's narrative reliability--and culpability--remain tantalizing questions until the very end of this dark mystery. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 November #4)

Soccer captain Kay Donovan gets caught up in a game of murder and revenge in this sharp psychological thriller, Mele's debut. Kay is at the center of a group of seniors who rule their girls' boarding school. The girls find the body of fellow student Jessica Lane in a nearby lake, and as the school reels from her death, Kay receives an email—purportedly from Jessica—that forces her to expose her friends' sins in order to keep her own secrets buried. As evidence mounts against Kay in Jessica's apparent murder, the school turns against her, and Kay learns that cruelty does not go unrepaid. Feeling unmoored, Kay turns to Nola, a former target of the group's bullying, but none of Kay's relationships is without agenda, and Kay finds herself in the killer's sights. Mele creates a cast of sharp-edged, prickly students; the fluid sexuality of various characters is handled well, and themes of betrayal and bullying are front and center. An eerie, unsettling thriller with deadly consequences. Ages 12–up. Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger. (Feb.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

Gr 9 Up—Steeped in scandal and profound tragedy, this is a dark and thrilling look at female friendships, the pressures of scholastic success, and mental health. Daring, popular, and athletic, Kay is well on her way to achieving her dreams and securing the best that life has to offer at the prestigious Bates Academy, despite her family's financial situation and lack of pedigree. Then a student turns up dead in the lake, cutting to the core of the school and Kay's friend group. A sinisterly mysterious mastermind begins pulling Kay's strings and setting her up as the murderer. Kay must carefully solve the puzzles while risking what she's worked so hard to achieve before time runs out, her past is revealed, and all is lost forever. A classic and frightening tale of betrayal and mental illness told in a fresh and contemporary way, this book is difficult to set down for even a moment. It is an intricately designed, beautifully written, and extraordinarily chilling story. VERDICT Recommended for fans of psychological thrillers and mysteries who want to be riveted until the very end.—Emily Grace Le May, Williams School, New London, CT

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.