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Author: CJ Skuse
Publisher: Mira Ink
Published: September 24th, 2015
WOW!!! What a great read! I’m not sure quite what I was expecting but this book exceeded everything I’d thought! Initially the premise that it is about a sixteen year old who wants to be Head Girl at the isolated boarding school she attends makes it sound rather a dreary read – and it is anything but dreary! Nash’s much loved older brother, Seb, has disappeared whilst abroad and she’s devastated, so much so that she loses her focus – and her temper. Not only that but it means she’s going to have to spend Christmas at school but, unlike Harry Potter spending Christmas at Hogwarts, Nash really doesn’t want to stay, especially when a blizzard traps them inside and there are rumours about a weird big cat running wild on the moors near the school, killing cattle – and people? The cat is nicknamed the Beast of Bathory and it is blamed when things start to go wrong, very wrong for the odd mix of students and staff remaining at school over the festive season….
Teen relationships, finding who really is trustworthy, discovering hidden motives and deadly dangers are just some of the ingredients which make this a superb, enthralling story. Add in mystery, murders, suspense and disappearances and you’re starting to understand why this is such a great read. As the girls realise their danger, they know that only by working together can they stand any chance of overcoming threats and surviving the danger. There’s also Charlie, a really creepy boy from the nearby village, and Leon, an escaped prisoner who had been convicted of murder and is hiding out.
This is a tense thriller – right to the end – a riveting tale of the monsters of legend, wild animals and those from within us desperate to escape. It keeps you on the edge of your seat for much of the story – and if you aren’t there, the chances are you’re laughing at some of the teens antics! This just has to have a sequel – that ending demands one and I look forward to having an opportunity to read it! It is a totally engaging and entertaining read – I can’t wait to read more in this series!
Thanks to the publishers for kindly sending me a paperback ARC of this fantastic book in exchange for an honest review.
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