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)
The Ivies by Alexa Donne (teen 2021)
Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor (younger teen 2021)
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide (teen 2021)