Wicked Little Secrets
Anne Dowling - a fresh, original, and funny new YA whose heroine has knowing, irreverent voice readers will love - is back for her second semester at Wheatley Prep. Although things have settled (somewhat) since her roommate Isabella's death, Anne's still kind of obsessed with the death of Wheatley student Matthew Weaver thirty years ago, since she found a picture of him and his crewmates with the words "they killed him" scrawled on the back among Isabella's things. When Anne learns that her boyfriend Brent's dad is one of the now-powerful Wheatley alumni who rowed crew with Matthew, and that the crew team continues to induct new members with a creepy-sounding ritual called "The Drop," she knows further investigation could put her relationship with Brent in danger. Determined to discover the truth, she reaches out to Anthony, Isabella's townie brother, who helps her delve deeper into the secrets in Wheatley's past. Secrets someone would kill to keep hidden. As the school's Spring Formal - and its notorious afterparty - approaches, Anne sees the perfect opportunity to do some off-campus digging into the lives of Wheatley's VIPs in this thrilling, unputdownable read - but if she's not careful, she'll be the next student who never comes back.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 140 x 209 x 21mm | 284g
- 01 Jul 2014
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
"Kara Taylor's Prep School Confidential series is Veronica Mars meets Dennis Lehane... Refreshingly smart and quick-witted, Taylor's is a thoroughly optimistic portrayal of American education, peppered with references to Milton and Spenser, and she writes the kind of honest portrayal of teenagers that only someone who recently was one can. Almost-totally-reformed party girl Anne is a thoughtful, empathetic character with a strong moral compass, someone young readers can relate to while still enjoying a fast-paced murder mystery. As a twenty-something author, Kara Taylor shows incredible promise." --Portland Book Review
About Kara Taylor
is the twenty-something author of the Prep School Confidential novels. Recently, she signed a blind script deal with Warner Brothers TV. In the past, Taylor has worked as everything from a nanny to an ice cream scooper on Fire Island, New York. She lives on Long Island, New York.
Our customer reviews
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.) Once again Anne is intrigued by a missing persons/murder case, this time focused on Matt Weaver Ã¢?? a boy who disappeared from the Wheatley Academy over 30 years ago. Anne thinks she has the ability to solve the case, but how many feathers will she ruffle in the process? And how will her boyfriend take it when his father becomes one of her suspects? This was an interesting murder/mystery story, and I didnÃ¢??t guess the killer. IÃ¢??m not sure what was going on with Anne in this book, but she was seriously obsessed with finding out what happened to Matt. At one point she commented that solving a cold case was more interesting than doing her homework, and while that might be true, she got herself into seriously hot water in this book. Admittedly she made some poor choices in book 1, but this time she put herself in danger time and time again, took to breaking and entering, and going up against powerful people, who would have thought nothing of squashing her like a bug. The storyline in this was pretty good, and the details of what happened to Matt were certainly convoluted. I didnÃ¢??t guess the killer, and it turned out to be quite a difficult case for Anne to crack. There were some interesting twists, but I would have preferred if the pace had been a little quicker. There was some romance, and it was once again in the form of a love triangle, with Anne flitting between two guys really. The ending was pretty good, but again, Anne has got herself into serious trouble now, and is never going to get into college at this rate. We were once again left with a cliff-hanger, so no doubt that Anne will be getting into even more trouble in book 3! Overall; a good YA murder/mystery story, 7 out of 10.show moreby Sarah Elizabeth