Heads will roll!
Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip.
But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.
Colette knows her status-obsessed friends won't believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they discover that the murder victims are all descendants of people who ultimately brought about Marie Antoinette's beheading. The queen's ghost has been awakened, and now she's wreaking her bloodthirsty revenge.
And Colette may just be one of those descendants . . . which means she might not make it out of this trip alive.
Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of betrayal, glamour, mystery, history--and one killer queen.
Alender (the Bad Girls Don t Die series) blends contemporary fantasy with historical detail in this atmospheric story of a high school junior who travels to Paris on a school trip and gets swept up in a centuries-old mystery involving a secret society and a vengeful ghost. Colette Iselin feels like she s come home when she gets to France, eager to see the historical landmarks. But soon she has to juggle her growing affection for the handsome tour guide with her increasingly high-maintenance friends, all while dodging the attentions of the alluring Armand, who s convinced Colette is connected to the long-forgotten Order of the Key. When a spirit targets the Order s descendants for death, Colette tries to save her friends and herself. Alender skillfully weaves together the novel s disparate elements to create a story that mixes slice-of-life teen drama with supernatural menace, infused with the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Paris that comes to life in the process. While some plot points never quite get off the ground, it s an otherwise strong effort. Ages 12 up.