Series: Rory Moore/Lane Phillips, #2
Publication Date: 7/28/2020
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.
My Opinion –
A year-old case involving the death of two teenagers at an abandoned boarding house on the campus of Westmont Prep is getting new life thanks to a podcast by Mack Carter. Lane Phillips, a forensic psychologist and criminal profiler, has been asked to come aboard for a fresh perspective. Lane would love his brilliant girlfriend, Rory Moore, to join him and offer her insight into the case. Rory is a forensic reconstructionist who needs some time off after wrapping a very large case so she passes on joining Lane, but her curiosity gets the best of her.
I think Rory and Lane make a fantastic team personally as well as professionally! They know each other so well that words are not even necessary to know what the other one is thinking. Rory in particular is quite complex. She is incredibly smart and yet very flawed. She has a very unique hobby in restoring antique porcelain dolls. Like the dolls she repairs, she is a bit broken herself.
As much as I enjoyed the two main characters of this book, I did not enjoy this book as much as book one – Some Choose Darkness. There were quite a few characters to keep track of, which alone would not be so bad, but pair that with the time periods constantly changing and I found the story to be a bit confusing at times. I had to really stop and think, where are we and what is going on. Unfortunately it really hurt the flow of the book for me.
The mystery itself was creative and I thought including a podcast was a great way of introducing us to the murders that took place on the Westmont Prep campus and the deaths that have plagued the campus since then.
Even though this book did not knock my socks off, I will no doubt continue on with this series!
*Thank you Kensington for the opportunity to read and review this book via NetGalley for my honest opinion.
Other Charlie Donlea books I have reviewed:
*Book 10/20 in the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge.
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