I bought this book randomly because I read the back and thought it sounded interesting. I usually enjoy thrillers so I thought I would enjoy this one, too. It did a decent enough job of keeping me interested throughout it, despite the fact that the killer was obvious (at least to me) from the get go.
For this next part I'll try not to use specific details for those who are still going to buy it. What I didn't like was the focus on small details that seemed to be important, as they were mentioned repeatedly, but ended up amounting to almost nothing. Parts of the characters lives are implied to be important to the story, as if they will be used later, but never are. Certain mysteries are pondered but never explained, "how does he always find me?", "how did someone get into my room", etc. But what really ruined the book for me was at the end it doesn't even tell you what happened to the killer! Was he/she caught? Did he/she get away? It never tells you and it leaves other,...
She never expected to get a job at St. Ursula's Preparatory Academy but when she was offered the position she was glad to take it. Lauren Kavanaugh hopes this time the writer who has been stalking her for years with letters condemning her for years will not find her. She has no idea teaching history at St. Ursula's will be like diving head first into the frying pan. The first day she is there, she goes out running and finds the dead body of a student tied to a tree.
The students openly exposed her belief in the Wiccan religion which didn't make her popular with the girls. Lauren comes under the operation of a secret group in the school and she later finds in the woods cigarette butts and a half burned picture of the dead student in the water swimming naked. Someone doesn't like her nosing around so when Lauren goes back she sees a figure in the woods. She gives chase and almost trips over a wire tied between two trees. Lauren knows the person lured her to that spot...
OK, here's the book as near as I can figure: Students are being murdered at a somewhat isolated Catholic boarding school in, I think, New Jersey. A young, new teacher is there who's had some kind of traumatic experience which may include being trapped in a burning shed by school girls, and the lover she had in London has done something hurtful to her but we don't find out the answers to any of this until the very end and they were stupid. One of the cops who is handling the school girl murder case is engaged but is having trouble with her fiancé as he doesn't like the demands of her job and she's reluctant to make wedding plans (she showed up at their engagement party in muddy jeans and a dirty shirt). One of the students has lost her brother when he was hit by a car in Paris where they lived. Another of the students was crazy; another was always on a diet and trying to fit in; another was into Wicca; another slept around a lot. The headmistress was intentionally oblivious...
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