Wow! This is the first book I have read by Charlie Donlea so did not know what to expect. I am happy to report that the book, a psychological thriller, was amazing! What a wild ride! I was immediately drawn into this story. The pieces of the puzzle would fall into place but always one critical piece withheld. I finally came close to believing I knew whodunnit, but I was wrong. The ending was believable and spectacular.
There was never a boring moment in this book; something always happening. I loved the layout of the story with portions of the killer’s journal intermingled with the narratives. The alternating timeline was also well structured, the current investigation alternating with one year ago when the tragedy at the prestigious academy, Westmont Preparatory High School, occurred. The characters of Lane, Rory, and Gus were really interesting. (Rory reminds me of Spencer on the TV show “Criminal Minds”.) Apparently, these are characters that “star” in a couple of Donlea’s different series. The chapters are short, making it easy to fit into the reader’s busy schedule.