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A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.

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....

©2020 Charlie Donlea (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Sponsored by Dark Lord and Madden Girl.

Seriously, I was CRINGING every time those stupid boots and stout were mentioned. If I had a nickel for every time they NEEDLESSLY come up, I'd have a penthouse in Manhattan. Only a slight exaggeration. I was praying that the main character would die so that I wouldn't have to keep hearing about how "her mind" works. The author has zero trust in his audience so absolutely beats it into your brain that Rory is on the spectrum. There are better ways to convey that than to constantly, explicitly bring it up. We get it, she's a savant and only Lane knows how she thinks. We get it, she's very particular about shoes and beer. Where was the editor?!

All that being said, I really love Charlie Donlea's books, this one included. At no point did I even suspect the major plot twist, and normally I'm pretty good at that. I also appreciated the subtle nods to his previous books with the inclusion/mention of prior characters. I'd rank this below The Girl Who Was Taken & Summit Lake, but quite a bit above Don't Believe It and Some Choose Darkness. It was a lot to keep track of, and at times I was wishing I had a book in my hand so I could go back and keep characters straighter, but ultimately it was a very satisfying book.

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Different

This is another one of those books that I was looking forward to reading. So far so good, I like the premise of the book – it’s different. But it moves very slowly. As a thriller, it is best there is a lot of activity and less explanation. Books that feel they need to go back decades and explain stuff are boring to me. Overall it was interesting and pretty good

RECOMMENDATION: Read It

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Too many flashbacks

The number of flashbacks made the first half of this story a little dicey. It was a bit difficult to follow since multiple characters were involved. Rory and Lane, while central characters, aren't as present in this second book of the series. I didn't care much for the narrator. I'm not sure why the author went away from Nina Alvamar, but he needs to get her back for any future books. Still, the plot was good and it held my attention.

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Love Rory Moore books!!!

I really like this author!!! I hope he plans to keep the Rory Moore series going!!! It was a fantastic read full of twists and turns like I have never experienced! Usually I can figure out the endings of a mystery thriller….not this one!!! And I loved it!

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I really liked the author's other books, but this one didn't really do it for me. I didn't feel the magnetism of wanting to continue listening as much and while I listened to the end, found it only average.

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This was the laziest book I’ve ever listened to. It’s like the author was soooo proud they googled regional and specific products that they mentioned them CONSTANTLY. The story was compelling enough (barely) the keep listening but if I had to hear about dark lord beer, madden girl boots, that stupid doll and those dumb brushes one more time I was going to scream.

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Overall good story, but on Audible it’s very confusing. So many characters introduced and a lot of jumping of time, so just pay attention

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I enjoyed this book. Can't wait for his next one.

I loved it ! This was an great book. He had me listening and guessing.

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  • 05-02-22

Boring and repetitive

Listened FOREVER- till almost the last hour I couldn’t take anymore. I kept thinking it would eventually come together. If you don’t mind being lulled to sleep when you should be captivated this book might be for you. I do not recommend.
For me a wasted credit.

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  • 04-17-22

Terrific 2nd book in series

I just found this author from a title included in Amazon prime. now I'm hooked. loved this book. not just terrific story, but characters you truly admire and root for.

I'm off to purchase another book by Charlie donlea!!

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  • 09-25-20

Very repetitive

I found the first book of this series quite good, but this second one annoyed me. Is the author sponsored by Madden Girl and Dark Lord Stout? The number of times Rory’s footwear and drink of choice is fully described as these, one would think so. And the detailed and unnecessary description of some underground doll collector auction?? I’ll probably try the next one, here’s hoping she’s wearing different boots..