Review: The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

Synopsis and Details:

A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.

Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out–unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house–to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win–or to survive. . . .

Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Suspense, Thriller  |  Release Date: July 28, 2020  |  Publisher: Kensington Books  | Pages: 368  |  ISBN: 978-1496727152  |  ASIN: B07ZPKQDRV  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Suicide House is set mostly at a preparatory school and its grounds. Rory Moore and Lane Phillips have teamed up to solve the mystery of the suicides that have been taking place at the school because, to everyone involved, the suicides were most baffling in that they just didn’t make sense. The story is told from multiple points of view that include past and present story transitions. Which is great for understanding all the nuts and bolts of the tragedies that occurred but I can’t say that I was a huge fan of all the points of view presented in this book. There was just a lot to keep track of, especially when I wasn’t a fan of every person presented.

I loved, loved, loved Rory and Lane! I only wished that they were featured more often. I would find myself pushing through the other points of view to hurry to get back to either Rory’s or Lane’s parts. I even enjoyed Rory’s quirks and fascination with doll repair. Then there was the antagonist of the story, very mysterious and intriguing at first but my interest waned as the story went on because they stopped being fear-inspiring and became almost a poor imitation of someone I should fear. No doubt, though, that it wouldn’t be anyone I would ever want to be alone with, crazy is still crazy. Overall, The Suicide House was an intriguing thriller that delivered a well written story with many great suspenseful elements.

*Thank you to Kensington Books & NetGalley for this eARC of The Suicide House*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.


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