“Charlie Donlea is a superb psychological suspense writer…the book has a fast-paced plot and main characters unlike any typically found in this genre.” —Seattle Book Review
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
The unforgettable forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips, are back for this riveting novel from the acclaimed author of Twenty Years Later. A chilling murder at a prestigious prep school is at the heart of their investigation for their true crime podcast, but if they aren’t careful they may be its newest subjects…
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 sits an abandoned boarding house, 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 become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, questions remain. The most urgent: why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house—to kill themselves. Rory is working on the podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find the elusive answers. But the more they learn, the more convinced they are that the sinister game inside Westmont Prep hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win—or to survive . . .