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April 2018

Prep school murders

By Dana Mele

Necessity is the mother of reinvention, or so Kay Donovan believes. After feeling responsible for two tragedies at home, Kay enrolls in boarding school at Bates Academy in hopes of a do-over. A new crop of friends (mean girls with money) and her newfound soccer stardom give Kay the popularity and edge she’s always wanted. But all of that is threatened when Kay and her friends discover the dead body of Jessica Lane, a fellow student and artsy social activist, whom none of the girls say they knew.

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Necessity is the mother of reinvention, or so Kay Donovan believes. After feeling responsible for two tragedies at home, Kay enrolls in boarding school at Bates Academy in hopes of a do-over. A new crop of friends (mean girls with money) and her newfound soccer stardom give Kay the popularity and edge she’s always wanted. But all of that is threatened when Kay and her friends discover the dead body of Jessica Lane, a fellow student and artsy social activist, whom none of the girls say they knew. In her wake, Jessica has left behind a revenge website with a countdown clock that only Kay can access. Kay’s task? Take down her new friends or risk her own dirty laundry being aired.

Dana Mele’s People Like Us is a dark and delicious boarding school murder mystery that delivers. Lack of parental supervision, difficult home lives and extreme wealth create the perfect atmosphere for secrets, lies and a page-turning read. A murder is just the beginning. What these characters will do to hide their dirtiest deeds easily eclipses the killing that sets this thrilling tale in motion.

 

This article was originally published in the April 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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People Like Us

By Dana Mele
Putnam
ISBN 9781524741709

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