Friday, July 27, 2018

All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

All These Beautiful Strangers
by Elizabeth Klehfoth

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Just released: July 10, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Mystery, YA
Hardback: 448
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
My father built the house on Langely Lake for my mother, in the town she grew up in.

A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.

One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.

Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s "it" crowd.

Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s—the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.

As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.

Zombie sighting:
"Do mine next," Drew said. "You always do the best smoky eye. Somehow mine always end up making me look like the walking dead."
chapter 13, page 164

My two-bits:

Elite boarding school, missing mother, secrets are only part of the package in this mystery thriller that kept me in its clutches this week.

The story was told mostly with a YA perspective but had insight into multiple characters that rounded out the picture well.

Loved the character growth and cleverness of the protagonist.


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