The setting is Ellingham Academy, a prestigious private school for gifted teens located in a remote section of Vermont. Our protagonist is one Stevie Bell, who has immersed herself in crime for years. (Learning about crime; not necessarily being a criminal… ) Her ambition is to be a detective, work for the FBI and help people by solving mysteries. Her obsession is the unsolved case that occurred at the Academy in the 1930s involving the founder’s wife and daughter and a murdered student. Stevie never anticipated that her admissions essay would actually be taken seriously – but she is accepted as a student at Ellingham. As bits and pieces about the original crime are revealed, new mysteries and threats surface at the school that threaten Stevie and her new friends. Will Stevie be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together before history repeats itself?
Roben’s thoughts – I thought this one started out at just a teeny bit slow. While most of the story is about Stevie there are sections that are presented as narration and evidence from the original crime. But once the writing appears on the wall (literally) you will have a hard time putting the book down. AND – this is the first in a trilogy! Not all questions will be answered at the end of this book and book 2 is scheduled for 2019. I’ll be waiting for it!