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The Suicide House

 

Series: Rory Moore/Lane Phillips Novel Book #2

By:  Charlie Donlea

ISBN: 1496727150

Publisher: Kensington 

Publication Date: 07/28/20 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 5 Stars +

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A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.

Inside the walls of Indiana’s 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 Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out—unless 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 house—to 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 hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win—or to survive. . . .

 

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THE SUICIDE HOUSE 

 

 

“...the book’s real strength is the idiosyncratic Rory, who suffers from OCD and is on the autism spectrum, deeply developed character readers can’t help rooting for. Hopefully, she’ll be back soon.”

—Publisher's Weekly  

 

“Best Mystery Thrillers for Summer Reads 2020."

—Publisher's Weekly  

 

 

SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS
 
“In Donlea’s skillful hands, this story of obsession, murder, and the search for truth is both a compassionate character study and a compelling thriller.”
—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Engrossing. . . . Donlea smoothly mixes red herrings and genuine clues. Readers who relish a good puzzle will be rewarded.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“Part 1970s serial-killer thriller and part contemporary Chicago crime novel, this deceptively quick read has something for everyone.”
—Booklist
 
“Suspense builds, clues mount and dangers lurks seemingly everywhere as the story nimbly toggles between then and now in Donlea’s twisty-turny mystery.”
—Bookpage

 

 

 

About the Author

 

Charlie Donlea is the USA Today and International bestselling author of Summit Lake, The Girl Who Was Taken and Don't Believe It.  His most recent novel, Some Choose Darkness is available now and in paperback format.  His fifth novel, THE SUICIDE HOUSE, will be released on July 28, 2020, and available for pre-order now.   

 

His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages across twenty countries. He resides in Chicago with his wife and two children. Read More  

 

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