It’s been 18 years since the infamous Singer School murders, and once again, mysterious and sinister goings-on threaten to destroy the boarding school for kids from troubled homes.
Talan Michaels, a senior unable to afford college and trying to come to grips with the fact that he will be homeless upon graduation, finds himself at the center of it all. While an unexpected invitation to join a newly resurrected secret society provides an appealing distraction from worries about his uncertain future, Talan and the six other members invited into the Society of Seven quickly learn that there is much more riding on their initiation than they could ever have imagined—that is, of course, if they can even survive it. Talan and his perfectionist house sister and crush Laney Shanahan anchor a diverse and compelling cast of characters. Their appeal will help readers overlook the society’s somewhat convoluted and prolonged initiation process. This lengthy setup is a shame, because the book is at its best when the Sevens unite and join forces to save the school they love. At the end of the day, it’s Talan and his endearing combination of bravado and vulnerability, coupled with the crackling chemistry he shares with Laney, that will keep readers turning the pages.
A satisfying read for secret-society fanatics and romantics alike. (Mystery. 12-18)