How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?
When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.
As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.
With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.
Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When you see Angela Marsons name on a book you just know that it is going to be a beauty, well this one left me a total mess sobbing on a railway platform.
When poor Sadie Winter is found at the bottom of a tower at school, it is assumed that her death is from her own hand but the terrible injuries she has just don’t add up. When a second child, a boy, also dies, Kim Stone and her team find themselves on the outside of a secret society with exclusive members. Yes this is boarding school, where not only who you are matters but who your parents are too. Heathcrest Academy turns out pupils that are going somewhere in life, by right of passage, if they have the right heritage. There is no way in hell that they will allow any sort of scandal to tarnish the good name of the school.
This is such a hard book to read at times as certain pupils I just wanted to pull out of the school and wrap them up safely as there is certainly a hierarchy within the walls and if you upset the balance then ‘woe betide you!’ I just loved the story line and the explanation of how the whole system worked within itself. Boy talk about commitment here, this seems scary in school but jeez this is far more than that, it is powerful stuff.
Kim Stone has to face some of her own demons to try and get a feel of this case. What a team she has. It was like meeting them on a new level, this case was really getting to them, not one where they could just simply clock off from when the day was done. Real connections were made and promises would be met. An absolute cracking story that just drained the colour from me at the stem of it all, then destroyed me! It is over a week since I finished this book and just writing this review is so very emotional. It gives you everything that you can possibly ask of an author, so thank you Angela Marsons. Job done!
I originally got this book from NetGalley through Bookouture, this is my honest review.
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