Queen Bee Anne Dowling is at the top of the social; herarchy at her exclusive Upper East Side academy, right up until the moment when she accidentally burns part of it down. As punishment, her parents send her away to the preppy Wheatly School where Anne is mostly concerned with behaving so she can return to New York. She never plans to get too involved, but when her roomate Isabells’s body is found in the woods behind the school, she feels compelled to uncover the truth. With Isabella’s twin brother and a cute classmate at her side, Anne discovers that there was more to Isabella’s innocent demeanor than meets the eye.
This book is so much fun! It’s incredibly fast-paced, with well thought out and compelling lead characters and a wopnderful leading lady. Don’t be deceived by the fact that Anne is the Queen Bee at school, coming from a wealthy family. I loved how smart and sassyshe is, never taking no for an answer and always looking to do the right thing, despite her entitled status as a wealthy, popular teen. She’s easy to like and fun to follow in this clever little mystery.
There is a little romance peppered in with this story, but the delicious mystery remains it’s priomary focus. The book also ends on a bit of open mystery, setting up another novel, but the main plot points of this one are fully wrapped up in a very satisfying manner. There’s no threads left hanging and it was a satisfying reading experience.
This is a great mysery with some darker elements that will appeal to young adults and adults alike. With a spunky heroine on the case, the story is a tangled web of deceit and scandal that is sure to keep readers on their toes right up until the surprising big reveal. Unpredicatble, with fantastic writing and compelling characters, this book is a fun read.