Boarding School

It’s Back to (Boarding) School Time! (August 2019 blog post)

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

This page-turner is a supernatural mystery thriller with two horrifying story lines. A journalist who’s obsessed with her sister’s murder on the grounds of an abandoned boarding school uncovers a reason to look into the school’s past. And, indeed, the school has a suspicious history. Decades ago, when it housed troubled girls, one of those girls went missing and was never found. Her friends knew she didn’t run away — so what happened to her?

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Three women receive the text message they’d hoped would never come. A plea from the fourth woman in their clique of friends at a second rate boarding school that says simply, “I need you.” In school, the four were known for the creative, outrageous lies they could convince others to believe – lies that could be flippant and fun but could also be cruel and damaging. Now, one of those lies may come back to haunt them.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

In the 1930s, the wife and daughter of the wealthy eccentric who founded Ellingham Academy were kidnapped. The case was never truly solved. Stevie Bell, Ellingham student and true crime lover, is obsessed with solving the decades-old mystery, until one of her classmates is murdered. This book is a twisty puzzler that leaves a lot of questions unanswered — and many readers begging for a sequel.

The Illness Lesson by Claire Beam (2020)

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison (2019)

Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew (2019)

Plain Bad Heroines by emily m danforth (2020)


It’s Back to (Boarding) School Time Again (September 2021 blog post)

School has begun and maybe you’re having a terrible year already. These new stories of horrible classmates, dark secrets, and spooky hallways will make your school feel amazing.

The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle (April 2021)

When someone attempts to frame his best friend for murder at St. Benedict’s boarding school, junior Luke Chase starts investigating on his own and discovers multiple suspects with darks secrets in their past.

Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordan Taylor (May 2021)

Separated by sixty years, Eva’s and Connie’s stories become inextricably intertwined as Eva unravels the mystery of how six students went into the fallout shelter all those years ago . . . but only five came out.

The Ivies by Alexa Donne (May 2021)

A ruthless band of prep-school elites competing for admission into the Ivy League colleges of their dreams disrupt class ranks, club leaderships and academic competitions before one of them resorts to more deadly measures.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide (June 2021)

When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school’s senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures. As Aces shows no sign of stopping, what seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become incredibly deadly?