"This is going to be big." -Entertainment Weekly
“Juicy, clever, and beguiling." -Cecily von Ziegsar, author of the Gossip Girl novels
A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.
One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.
Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s "it" crowd.
Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s—the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.
As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.
Did Grace Fairchild simply walk away from her Cinderella life as the wife of a blueblood New York real estate billionaire as suggested by bank surveillance footage showing her cleaning out the couple's safe deposit boxes days before she disappeared or did something more sinister happen? A decade later, the question haunts Grace's 17-year-old daughter, Charlie, the appealingly acerbic narrator of Klehfoth's engrossing if flawed debut. Now a junior at Knollwood Augustus Prep, the New Hampshire boarding school her father attended, whip-smart Charlie is beginning the pledging process for an ultra-exclusive secret society, the A's. As the high-stakes initiation game tests Charlie's loyalties and values, she discovers some explosive family history challenging almost everything she has grown up believing about her parents. Unfortunately, the author's plotting fails to measure up to her ingenious amateur sleuth, relying throughout on colossal coincidences and ending with a denouement that's surprising primarily for its implausibility. Still, Klehfoth's ability to draw in the reader shows that she's an author to watch.
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All the Beautiful Strangers
Loved this book. Keeps you guessing until the end.
I am a student at University and I usually have a hard time getting into books while studying. Whenever I read leisurely I get stressed and convince myself that I should be doing a reading for school rather in this ‘spare’ time. This book made me forget all about that. It has a perfect balance between teenage lust with honest depictions of relationships between friends. The true dynamics between rich family members are captured so effortlessly. It has a great deal of suspense without bordering the unrealistic but also just enough that it doesn’t turn into a generic teenage drama. An incredible read and I tremendously recommend it for anyone that is of a ‘younger’ age and looking for a book that makes you never want to put it down!
Five stars hands down
This book is the perfect beach read. The whole time while reading you are on your toes. Amazing writing and a suspension read.