Author : Charlie Donlea
Publisher : Kensington Books
ISBN : 9781496727190
About The Suicide House
An Apple Books Best of the Month Selection
A Publishers Weekly Summer Reads 2020 Editors Pick
A Library Journal 12 Novels Featuring Protagonists on the Autism Spectrum Selection
***From #1 International Bestseller Charlie Donlea***A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new suspense novel thats p******erfect for fans of Lucy Foley ***and Ruth Ware.Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips,***must chase down the truth behind the ghastly killings featured on the hit true crime podcast sweeping the nation. Can they uncover the hidden secrets of the school and the psychology of a killer before the next episode airs?
Inside the walls of Indianas 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 Westmonts students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: dont let your candle go outunless 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 houseto 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 hasnt ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to winor to survive. . . .
Multiple intertwining story lines keep the pacing brisk and the tension high throughout. But the books real strength is the idiosyncratic Rory, who suffers from OCD and is on the autism spectrum, a deeply developed character readers cant help rooting for. Hopefully, shell be back soon.
The Suicide House Review
Loved the book, but too, too many mentions of Dark Lord, after the 5th in 3 pages I almost gave up, does the author have shares!
Rory Moore, a forensic reconstructionist and Dr Lane Phillips, a forensic psychologist and criminal profiler, are part of an investigation into a series of bizarre murders and apparent suicides at Westmont Preparatory High School in Peppermill, Indiana. This exclusive boarding school was the scene of the grisly murders of two teenagers, as well as suicides that might have been related to their deaths. At the time, the case was concluded quickly since the police had evidence that a teacher murdered the students and then later, tried to kill himself. But many unanswered questions still remain, and as Rory and Lane learn more about the troubled students, the stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, they become ever more convinced that something sinister is still happening... In The Suicide House the author affects complex, dark, disturbing and highly suspenseful storytelling that drew me in easily. He does an amazing job in providing an authentic portrayal of autism with Rory's wonderful character, making this crime read stand out from others in the genre. As the compelling tale switches smoothly between then and now, dangers lurk amongst the clues, misdirections and red herrings. The dynamics between Rory and Lane are enriching and highly entertaining. I highly recommend this exciting and worthy read to lovers of crime fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Rory is a very complex character with a talent to solve cold cases. When her romantic interest leaves for Indiana on a mission to investigate murders and suicides at a Preparatory High School; Rory follows him. Very action packed pages some with gruesome scenes. Any Charlie Donlea novel is worth the read for the skill and action that the author tells. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
I must say, I am enjoying reading this type of thriller this summer. They are just so wild and great distractions. This book is split between two times, a year ago and current day, with the occasional journal entry of a serial killer's childhood that was super creepy and interesting. I did have to go back a few times to the beginning of the chapters to remember what time period I was reading but other than that, it was a fast read for me because I did not want to put it down. The Suicide House is about a secret society at Westmont Prep that turns out to be more than what it seems. And anyone who tries to learn the truth, or tell it ends up dead, whether by suicide or something else. I really liked the character of Rory. She was very interesting with the way that she solved cases, as well as her doll restorations. She makes me want to read the other book she is in so that I can learn more about her. Ryder was pretty cool too. I was able to guess the secret before the end, but I still enjoyed it. This was a great book to read!
Charlie Donlea has another winner with The Suicide House. Mr Donlea takes the reader back and forth in time as we try to figure out today what actually happened last year. He merges the two flawlessly and also gives us some edge of the seat moments. I want to thank Net Galley and Kensington Books for an early copy to review.