After reading Melody's review, I found The Suicide House available on NetGalley.
Always susceptible to boarding school settings and secret fraternities, I couldn't resist giving this one a try. I'd also read a couple of Charlie Donlea books that I'd enjoyed, and I was prepared for suspense.
Multiple characters and several timelines kept things up in the air for a while. I was uncertain about what was actually going on and a bit concerned about whether or not I was going to like the book.
It wasn't until Rory Moore was introduced and the details nudged a familiarity that I felt more comfortable. Which is weird, because Rory is an uncomfortable character. I read Some Choose Darkness last year, and because I like autistic, obsessive compulsive characters with social anxiety, I even mentioned that I'd like a series with Rory.
I'm glad Donlea decided to use Rory and her partner Lane Phillips again, but I did think the book was overly complicated with the multiple characters and timelines. Rory's role was more curtailed than I would have liked. In a way, there is no main character because the shifting pov's are so frequent.
So...a creepy book about murders and suicides in an isolated elite prep school with several elements I liked (Man in the Mirror initiation into secret club), but a congested plot. Also a serious flaw in credibility that I can't mention because it gives away the killer.
Donlea keeps the reader from settling on a suspect, or rather, keeps the reader switching from one possible suspect to another until close to the end. So many characters, so many possibilities. What the book fails to do is make the most of Rory Moore and Lane Phillips.
If you have a chance, try Some Choose Darkness.
Mystery/Suspense. July 28, 2020. Print length: 368 pages.