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For fans of People Like Us and The Cheerleaders comes an all new psychological suspense novel about one girl's investigation into her friend's sudden death and the unsettling possibility that a killer is still on the loose. Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic--the perfect place for girls to prep for college. But every student knows all is not as it For fans of People Like Us and The Cheerleaders comes an all new psychological suspense novel about one girl's investigation into her friend's sudden death and the unsettling possibility that a killer is still on the loose. Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic--the perfect place for girls to prep for college. But every student knows all is not as it seems. Each January, the Winter Girl comes knocking. She's the spirit who haunts the old senior dorm, and this year is no exception. For Haley, the timing couldn't be worse. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of her ex-best friend, Taylor. When a disturbing video of Taylor surfaces, new questions about her death emerge. And it actually looks like Taylor was murdered. Now, as Haley digs into what really happened last year, her search keeps bringing her back to the Winter Girl. Haley wants to believe ghosts aren't real, but the clues--and the dark school history she begins to undercover--say otherwise. Now it's up to her to solve the mystery before history has a chance to repeat itself and another life is taken. A skillfully plotted mystery, ...dark secrets await. --Holly Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder on Emily Arsenault's All the Pretty Things


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For fans of People Like Us and The Cheerleaders comes an all new psychological suspense novel about one girl's investigation into her friend's sudden death and the unsettling possibility that a killer is still on the loose. Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic--the perfect place for girls to prep for college. But every student knows all is not as it For fans of People Like Us and The Cheerleaders comes an all new psychological suspense novel about one girl's investigation into her friend's sudden death and the unsettling possibility that a killer is still on the loose. Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic--the perfect place for girls to prep for college. But every student knows all is not as it seems. Each January, the Winter Girl comes knocking. She's the spirit who haunts the old senior dorm, and this year is no exception. For Haley, the timing couldn't be worse. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of her ex-best friend, Taylor. When a disturbing video of Taylor surfaces, new questions about her death emerge. And it actually looks like Taylor was murdered. Now, as Haley digs into what really happened last year, her search keeps bringing her back to the Winter Girl. Haley wants to believe ghosts aren't real, but the clues--and the dark school history she begins to undercover--say otherwise. Now it's up to her to solve the mystery before history has a chance to repeat itself and another life is taken. A skillfully plotted mystery, ...dark secrets await. --Holly Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder on Emily Arsenault's All the Pretty Things

30 review for When All the Girls Are Sleeping

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meg Cabot

    Had the best time reading this book! Compellingly creepy—but in a fun way! Loved trying to guess the truth behind the mystery. Haunted boarding school mysteries for the win!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    Oh, man, this hit me where it hurts. Come for the creepy ghost shenanigans at a boarding school but stay for the ruminations on toxic friendships and particularly toxic girl friendships. There were moments reading where I just felt so uncomfortably seen. I think this one is perfect for those who enjoy slow building creepy suspense (lots of mood, tone) with complicated character dynamics. It was a bit slow to start for me (which may have been due to the reading slump I was coming off), but as the Oh, man, this hit me where it hurts. Come for the creepy ghost shenanigans at a boarding school but stay for the ruminations on toxic friendships and particularly toxic girl friendships. There were moments reading where I just felt so uncomfortably seen. I think this one is perfect for those who enjoy slow building creepy suspense (lots of mood, tone) with complicated character dynamics. It was a bit slow to start for me (which may have been due to the reading slump I was coming off), but as the ghost stories and tumbling down the rabbit hole investigation built and built, the back half was just superb. I'm not always a creepy ghosts kind of girl, but I LOVED this. Some of the visual imagery of the Winter Girl (the ghost who haunts the school) STANDING OVER GIRLS IN THE DARK IN THEIR BEDROOMS really freaked me out. There are lots of layers of clues, people to talk to, places the story goes in all the ways I enjoy in a "straddling time" mystery (newspaper archives! dusty libraries! Talking to grandmothers!), and I was both trying to make guesses but also helplessly along for the ride. The conclusion was thrilling--really worked for me--it both came together and made total sense, without being easily guessable from the word jump. The stakes felt real, and personal. (especially the pinch point where everything turns on the MC I was SO UPSET on her behalf) And then yeah: the toxic friendships part just made the book for me. I loved the complexity of Taylor as the girl who died and Haley's complicated relationship with her both in life and death. Wrestling with a person she often didn't like, but surely didn't want dead--and the struggle to understand why she died in the first place. The social dynamics at the boarding school--whether you experienced similar or same in high school, college, or beyond (cough fandom)--are relatable/something to sink your teeth into. There's a lot of thoughtful exploration of human fallacy and when we make the right and wrong choices, re: our friends and how we treat others. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys boarding school mysteries, ghost stories, mysteries that straddle generations/time, and Mean Girl/bullying social dynamics. It's a moody/tone piece rather than breakneck thriller, but honestly it REALLY hit the spot (especially coming out of a book slump). It's a YA suspense with real meat on its bones, and I felt like I enjoyed a good story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    YAY for YA books! I’m not going to lie, I usually don’t connect with or enjoy YA, but this book was fantastic! Thank you so much to Emily Arsenault for sending me a copy of her wonderful book! It’s a creepy paranormal mystery about Haley, a scholarship student attending a prestigious boarding school...that many say is haunted. Each January there are sightings of the Winter Girl, a ghost that lives in the senior dorm. Haley is a senior, and on top of dealing with the one year anniversary of her b YAY for YA books! I’m not going to lie, I usually don’t connect with or enjoy YA, but this book was fantastic! Thank you so much to Emily Arsenault for sending me a copy of her wonderful book! It’s a creepy paranormal mystery about Haley, a scholarship student attending a prestigious boarding school...that many say is haunted. Each January there are sightings of the Winter Girl, a ghost that lives in the senior dorm. Haley is a senior, and on top of dealing with the one year anniversary of her best friend’s death, a disturbing new video of that night has recently come to light. Haley does not want to believe that ghosts are real, but she will hunt down what happened to her friend no matter the cost. Thoughts: I am obsessed with dark academia and this book was perfect. It had all the eerie paranormal elements but wasn’t too spooky because it was a YA book. I usually don’t enjoy YA, but this was so well written and interesting that it didn’t feel immature at all. It focused on the theme of the toxic friendships girls can have and how rumors and gossip can cause a lot of damage. This book started off slow, but quickly picked up and sucked me right into the story. I enjoyed that there were some historical aspects in this story, especially the history of the school and past students. I also enjoyed the character development in this story and the way I felt I got to know Haley, and even Taylor. There was a little too much repetition of some things, and I do think the book could have been shorter and just as good. I had no idea how this book was going to end, and enjoyed the way that it did end up. 4-stars for this spooky and chilling thriller.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Saima

    4.5/5 stars content warnings: (view spoiler)[references to: suicide and attempted suicide (side-characters), domestic violence, non-consensual drug use. (hide spoiler)] read my full review here! This is possibly one of the most compelling mysteries I've read this year, made for fans of mysteries who love putting the pieces together. The novel focuses on Haley who attends a prestigious boarding school and is currently living on the same floor her ex-friend Taylor was when, almost a year ago, she 4.5/5 stars content warnings: (view spoiler)[references to: suicide and attempted suicide (side-characters), domestic violence, non-consensual drug use. (hide spoiler)] read my full review here! This is possibly one of the most compelling mysteries I've read this year, made for fans of mysteries who love putting the pieces together. The novel focuses on Haley who attends a prestigious boarding school and is currently living on the same floor her ex-friend Taylor was when, almost a year ago, she fell to her death. A month before the anniversary of her death, Haley receives a disturbing video from Taylor's brother that makes her speculate that there was much more to the death than it appeared. I fully enjoyed jumping into the theories with Haley as she tries to figure out what exactly happened to Taylor. I found myself highlighting bits that might be clues, speculating and then turning back and rethinking my theories, just like Haley. Admittedly, there were a lot of names to keep track of as Haley dove into the history of her boarding school and its students, so I had to keep pausing to remember who is Caroline/Leonora/Abigail/etc, but it did make for a good story to keep me enthralled. There's no romance subplot in the novel, which made me very happy because more time was dedicated to the mystery and the characters. A regular downfall of the mysteries I read is that not much time is given to get to know the characters, but Arsenault is able to give a full picture of Haley, Taylor, and other side-characters. I truly understood Haley when she spoke about her toxic friendship with Taylor, how much she wanted to fit in and not feel empty. I also related to the other characters like lonely Star, curious Maylin, and academic but overstressed Alex. Overall, this was a fabulous mystery full of twists and clues that kept me invested the entire time. The ending shocked me and I had to put the book down to really think as I took it all in. If you're a fan of big mysteries, ominous vibes, and a surprisingly reflective outlook on what it's like to be a teenage girl, then this might be the book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brend

    Not bad but I guess I just don't enjoy stories that are moved along mainly by the dialogue????? Not bad but I guess I just don't enjoy stories that are moved along mainly by the dialogue?????

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krissy (books_and_biceps9155)

    Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic prep school But every student knows all is not as it seems. Each January, the Winter Girl comes knocking. She's the spirit who haunts the old senior dorm, and this year is no exception. For Haley, the timing couldn't be worse. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of her ex-best friend, Taylor. Now, as Haley digs into what really happened last year, her search keeps bringing her back to the Winter Girl. Now it's up to Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic prep school But every student knows all is not as it seems. Each January, the Winter Girl comes knocking. She's the spirit who haunts the old senior dorm, and this year is no exception. For Haley, the timing couldn't be worse. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of her ex-best friend, Taylor. Now, as Haley digs into what really happened last year, her search keeps bringing her back to the Winter Girl. Now it's up to her to solve the mystery before history has a chance to repeat itself and another life is taken. Thoughts: First off, thank you @emilyarsenaultbooks for my copy! I have been so excited for this and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Moody, haunting and extremely well thought out -this book is perfect for spooky season. Ghost stories always freak me out! This one is chilling and definitely made me keep the lights on! I don’t want to give to much away as this was an expertly plotted mystery. It’s full of twists, turns and gasping moments. *audible noises-gasps, hurmps and maybe some snorts* The characters are well done and developed even though there were quite a few. I will say I did not see the ending of this one. Did I mention it was expertly plotted? I maybe might have? 🤭 it was a wonderful ending. It’s a great story coated in coming of age girlhood and trauma all wrapped up in a spooky boarding school setting. Wonderful way to start August!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gina Adams

    It was a well-enough done ghost story involving the main character's research into the history of her school and the alleged hauntings there. The twist, or reveal, was interesting enough. It was just a hell of a long book and I didn't care about any of the characters even though I spent a lot of time with them. There's really not much to say about this one at all. It was a well-enough done ghost story involving the main character's research into the history of her school and the alleged hauntings there. The twist, or reveal, was interesting enough. It was just a hell of a long book and I didn't care about any of the characters even though I spent a lot of time with them. There's really not much to say about this one at all.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    The senior dorm at a fancy girl's prep school seems to have a ghost. And that ghost has been haunting the place for over a hundred years. There have been many sightings of the ghost over the years, as well as eerie things happening like knocking on the walls or doors. Haley's best friend died a year ago, on February 10th, the date of the ghost. Haley decides to research the ghost and the history of the historic dorm too. A thriller, but it was a bit long and then the ending just happened. Nothin The senior dorm at a fancy girl's prep school seems to have a ghost. And that ghost has been haunting the place for over a hundred years. There have been many sightings of the ghost over the years, as well as eerie things happening like knocking on the walls or doors. Haley's best friend died a year ago, on February 10th, the date of the ghost. Haley decides to research the ghost and the history of the historic dorm too. A thriller, but it was a bit long and then the ending just happened. Nothing exciting to conclude with. Teens may like the mystery involved here, but the ending is just disappointing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sydnie

    What started off as a slow start came barreling down the lane in this creepy thriller by Emily Arsenault. A campus ghost, a creepy campus, and what looks like her best friend being murdered all bring Taylor digging into the mystery of the Winter Girl, a mysterious ghost who haunts the dormitory. I truly enjoyed trying to guess the truth behind the mystery in this book and once I got past the story's initially slow start, I could not put it down. It was thrilling and disturbing and masterful. I h What started off as a slow start came barreling down the lane in this creepy thriller by Emily Arsenault. A campus ghost, a creepy campus, and what looks like her best friend being murdered all bring Taylor digging into the mystery of the Winter Girl, a mysterious ghost who haunts the dormitory. I truly enjoyed trying to guess the truth behind the mystery in this book and once I got past the story's initially slow start, I could not put it down. It was thrilling and disturbing and masterful. I had no idea where the story was going and it kept me guessing right up until the end. **I received a free ARC from NetGalley for and honest review**

  10. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    Apparently I don’t love all boarding school books. I tried several times.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    If you like books with boarding school settings and ghosts, then you will like When All the Girls Are Sleeping. I wouldn't necessarily call this one part of the dark academia sub genre, but the elements of boarding school life are strong, and there is just something about boarding school settings that is so interesting and engaging. I mean, I don't know a single person who has ever attended a boarding school, so they just feel so mysterious and other-worldly. The ghost aspects in this one were al If you like books with boarding school settings and ghosts, then you will like When All the Girls Are Sleeping. I wouldn't necessarily call this one part of the dark academia sub genre, but the elements of boarding school life are strong, and there is just something about boarding school settings that is so interesting and engaging. I mean, I don't know a single person who has ever attended a boarding school, so they just feel so mysterious and other-worldly. The ghost aspects in this one were also good, they added a nice creep factor throughout but I also don't think they were scary in any way. This would make a great fall read for those of you who scare easily, this one won't keep you up at night but you'll enjoy the spooky vibes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rose (booksofmagicandmystery)

    *Huge thank you to the author, Emily Arsenault, for providing me with an eARC and finished copy in exchange for an honest review!* I honestly wasn't too sure what to expect going into this book, but I ended up absolutely loving it! It's one of the best mysteries I've read in a while, and the paranormal aspect of it added to the mysterious vibes. It was packed full of detective investigating, interviews, written excerpts, and all the wholesome detective-y stuff I love in a mystery novel. Also: boa *Huge thank you to the author, Emily Arsenault, for providing me with an eARC and finished copy in exchange for an honest review!* I honestly wasn't too sure what to expect going into this book, but I ended up absolutely loving it! It's one of the best mysteries I've read in a while, and the paranormal aspect of it added to the mysterious vibes. It was packed full of detective investigating, interviews, written excerpts, and all the wholesome detective-y stuff I love in a mystery novel. Also: boarding school! It's a boarding school mystery, and y'all know how obsessed I am with those. Haley was an interesting main character. Despite this being primarily a mystery novel, we got tons of character development and history about her throughout the book. She herself was a bit of a mystery from the start, so I enjoyed learning more about her along with the larger mystery. Plus there was also tons to learn about her dead ex-best friend, Taylor. Even though Taylor was technically dead for the entire book, she felt very alive to me since I got to read about Haley's memories of her. I also found all the side characters captivating to read about because they were so packed full of character. The author did a great job of giving all the characters unique and vibrant personalities, not just the main characters. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but I didn't have too many issues remembering who was who. ​The mystery itself couldn't have been better. It kept me guessing through the entire book, and I was totally shocked by the answer at the end. Never saw it coming! But I actually loved the answer, too; it was perfect and fit so well with this book. My only complaint is that some scenes did feel a bit drawn out and dull. Some of the research Haley did in the school archives, while important to the investigation, was just a little boring to read about. However, most of it was very compelling and I didn't want to put the book down! Overall, I really loved When All the Girls Are Sleeping and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, especially to mystery fans! I gave it 4.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Read Emily Arsenault! Creepy. Brilliant. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Emily Arsenault and now that I’ve finished When All the Girls Are Sleeping, I wonder why I haven’t devoured them all. (Luckily I can remedy that easily.) I won’t go into details because I would have to include spoilers. The main characters may be teenagers, but this is a story that adult women will appreciate because even as we gain perspective, and hopefully wisdom, we always have our past selves with us.

  14. 5 out of 5

    arushi

    I often struggle to properly explain why I love a book when I love it so much, which is why this first-thoughts review might not do the book justice. It was amazing - I am still reeling from the aftermath and it was so gothic, so atmospheric and just everything that a boarding school mystery should be with incessant nosy main character with a flair of sleuthing, the years of history that the dormitory held complete with shady alumnus and haunted girls. This was just so good and made for such a g I often struggle to properly explain why I love a book when I love it so much, which is why this first-thoughts review might not do the book justice. It was amazing - I am still reeling from the aftermath and it was so gothic, so atmospheric and just everything that a boarding school mystery should be with incessant nosy main character with a flair of sleuthing, the years of history that the dormitory held complete with shady alumnus and haunted girls. This was just so good and made for such a good reading experience and I can see myself reread this in the future hence the 5 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Let me just begin by saying this is one of the most intriguing and terrifying books I have read in a LONG time. If I could give it more stars, I would. I'm fortunate enough that I had the time and the energy to power through this book in one sitting, because the entire time I was reading I had full-body chills. What Arsenault does so masterfully in this story is layers upon layers of intricate clues, and just when you think you have the mystery figured out, there's another layer to the story. I t Let me just begin by saying this is one of the most intriguing and terrifying books I have read in a LONG time. If I could give it more stars, I would. I'm fortunate enough that I had the time and the energy to power through this book in one sitting, because the entire time I was reading I had full-body chills. What Arsenault does so masterfully in this story is layers upon layers of intricate clues, and just when you think you have the mystery figured out, there's another layer to the story. I think this book really captures the central themes that a lot of books revolving around "dark academia" (although I would not qualify this book as one of them) seem to focus on: adolescent teenage girls, specifically the cruelty of teenage girls and how a lot of hauntings involving young women are focused on the idea that they've done something to deserve it. Honestly, the sheer amount of references to the history of spiritualism (including the Fox sisters!) and tradition, as well as paranormal investigation in a way highly reminiscent of the Warren family and "The Conjuring" really round out this book as a more modern interpretation of those themes. TL;DR I am obsessed and STRONGLY look forward to what Arsenault writes next — and encourage anyone in need of some October fun to see for themselves what the book is about.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Traditions, to paraphrase Garfield (cat, not president), are something that have only stuck around because no one had the guts to get rid of them. If you've ever gone to a women's college or girls' school - and I went to the former - you'll know that there are many at that sort of institution, and Windham has at least one very unsavory one. "Ghosts" haunt the senior dorm in a tradition originally conceived of to punish mean girls. That bit of the story wasn't too hard to figure out - but the res Traditions, to paraphrase Garfield (cat, not president), are something that have only stuck around because no one had the guts to get rid of them. If you've ever gone to a women's college or girls' school - and I went to the former - you'll know that there are many at that sort of institution, and Windham has at least one very unsavory one. "Ghosts" haunt the senior dorm in a tradition originally conceived of to punish mean girls. That bit of the story wasn't too hard to figure out - but the rest of the book, wherein scholarship student Haley is trying to figure out what really happened to her friend Taylor the previous year, is very well written. Perhaps the best part, though, is the way the novel explores the idea of "mean" and "good" when it comes to girls. The ghosts cast themselves as unequivocally good, taking on the "bad" or "mean" girls because no one else can or will. But while Taylor was truly not a good person, when we see her through Haley's eyes, we understand that she wasn't JUST one thing, and that "good" and "bad" are rarely simply binary. The real power is in being able to see that - and when the characters can, maybe traditions can die.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    DNF - I read the first few chapters and just wasn’t feeling it. My favorite genres are fantasy and science fiction, but I don’t mind a good mystery. Unfortunately, the characters seemed very one dimensional. It didn’t take me long to realize this book wasn’t for me. I decided to skip to the end and I’m happy with my decision 👍.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erica Hunt

    Really enjoyed this…the ending was a total surprise which I loved!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    4.5 rating - I stayed up late to finish this one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    this wasn’t exactly what I wanted from this book but it was still enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    RTC Thank you to the author for sending me a finished copy for review. I loved this!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alison Paulette

    This was an engaging book that kept me reading into the night. I will say that I agree with other reviewers that the end it just sudden and a bit too neat.

  23. 5 out of 5

    LittleMissBookworm

    „When All the Girls Are Sleeping“ tells the eerie story of a girl who is looking into the strange death of her ex-best friend. After receiving a video from her dead friend’s brother, Haley starts to look into Taylor’s death, which occurred just the previous year. Could it be that she did not commit suicide on her own free will, but rather someone – or something – else made her do it? After all, it’s no secret that right around the beginning of the new year, the „Winter Girl“ starts roaming the ha „When All the Girls Are Sleeping“ tells the eerie story of a girl who is looking into the strange death of her ex-best friend. After receiving a video from her dead friend’s brother, Haley starts to look into Taylor’s death, which occurred just the previous year. Could it be that she did not commit suicide on her own free will, but rather someone – or something – else made her do it? After all, it’s no secret that right around the beginning of the new year, the „Winter Girl“ starts roaming the hallways of the senior dorm of prestigious prep school Windham-Farnswood Academy. Haley starts to investigate, which some people really aren’t happy about… I rarely read ghost stories, but generally enjoy them when I do. I especially love it when it isn’t obvious from the start, if there is, in fact, a supernatural component to the story or if there’s a reasonable explanation for what’s causing the „haunting“. In this case, I was unsure about what was going on until the very end, so that’s definitely a plus for me. I also enjoyed following Haley on her investigative journey, which is quite interesting, intricate and thrilling, if somewhat confusing at times. I do wish, however, that Haley’s character would have been more fleshed out. As a reader, you do get to know her pretty well, but not well enough to really connect with her. At least, I wasn’t able to, which made everything feel less high stakes for me, even though, it definitely is a risky undertaking for the story’s protagonist. „When All the Girls Are Sleeping“ is a great book for teens who like ghost stories as well as crime novels. If you enjoy the feeling of not knowing who to trust and have a soft spot for the supernatural, this is definitely a book for you. Recommended to fans of „Don’t Tell A Soul“.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Marie

    I really enjoyed this fast-paced read! Overall, I found myself constantly wanting to know more and flipping through the pages quite quickly. Arsenault keeps you very engaged and leaves no questions unanswered. However, one issue I did have with the book is I felt that there was a bit of "fluff" that may have been unnecessary through the first half of the book. After you hit half of the book it goes extremely fast and keeps you constantly guessing that you will not want to put the book down. I ca I really enjoyed this fast-paced read! Overall, I found myself constantly wanting to know more and flipping through the pages quite quickly. Arsenault keeps you very engaged and leaves no questions unanswered. However, one issue I did have with the book is I felt that there was a bit of "fluff" that may have been unnecessary through the first half of the book. After you hit half of the book it goes extremely fast and keeps you constantly guessing that you will not want to put the book down. I can honestly say I was not expecting the ending and boy was it good! There are so many varying aspects of the book to keep readers of all interests engaged. There is the boarding school, friendships, and mystery/thriller aspect of the book. I think that readers will really enjoy how Arsenault makes you truly feel every emotion through her writing. Overall, I would recommend this book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anna Black

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I really enjoyed this book. The main character investigates her friends death and the deeper she looks the more strange information she finds. The book did seem to drag a little in certain parts but it picks up quickly once you get past those parts. I really enjoyed the ending, The answer wasn't something I had guessed which I was a big fan of. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I really enjoyed this book. The main character investigates her friends death and the deeper she looks the more strange information she finds. The book did seem to drag a little in certain parts but it picks up quickly once you get past those parts. I really enjoyed the ending, The answer wasn't something I had guessed which I was a big fan of.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Metallo

    A year after her friend's alleged suicide, a senior at a boarding school uncovers a long history of dark secrets that center around a 19th century ghost that haunts the senior dorm. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher in order to write this review. I read this book in one day--could not wait to find out what happened! There were so many red herrings that complicated the mystery, plus the horror-like ghost story atmosphere added a lot of suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed A year after her friend's alleged suicide, a senior at a boarding school uncovers a long history of dark secrets that center around a 19th century ghost that haunts the senior dorm. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher in order to write this review. I read this book in one day--could not wait to find out what happened! There were so many red herrings that complicated the mystery, plus the horror-like ghost story atmosphere added a lot of suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Highly recommend to YA mystery and psychological thriller fans!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    creepy ghost story and dealing with a loss of a friend at a school. Girl decides to solve something and more secrets are reveled and history plays a part of it. I was surprised by that twist at the end. But it did bring mental health and being away from family at a school. There are mean girls and lots of secrets. I did like how she used social media and reached out to others.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kajree Gautom

    Creepy books are right up my alley. When I saw this book's covers, I was immediately drawn in. Set in a creepy girl's school where the Winter Girl ghost is said to be real, Hayley is still grappling with the dead of her ex-best friend Taylor's death after a year. After Taylor's brother sends Hayley a very random and suspicious video, Hayley isn't so sure if Taylor's death was a suicide. And the more she digs deep into her case, the more it keeps her going back to the legend of Winter Girl. But a Creepy books are right up my alley. When I saw this book's covers, I was immediately drawn in. Set in a creepy girl's school where the Winter Girl ghost is said to be real, Hayley is still grappling with the dead of her ex-best friend Taylor's death after a year. After Taylor's brother sends Hayley a very random and suspicious video, Hayley isn't so sure if Taylor's death was a suicide. And the more she digs deep into her case, the more it keeps her going back to the legend of Winter Girl. But are ghosts real or is she just losing her mind? This book had me right from the beginning. With a very creepy setting and atmospheric writing, I was intrigued and eager to know more and more as the story progressed. A bit of a slow burn, for sure, but this book surely is a ride. The story is primarily told from Hayley's POV but we also get a glimpse of mysterious diary entries in between. These diary entries surely add to the overall suspicious nature of the plot. Hayley is a very complicated character, as was her friendship with Taylor. Through flashbacks, we get to see how the two became friends and what led to their fall out. Honestly, I enjoyed this. I loved to see the way friendship between the two was portrayed and how it turned sour. Hayley's stance throughout it all was very realistic and honest - that although Taylor wasn't a good person, she couldn't help but feel sad and upset and guilty for her death. I cannot say I liked Hayley's character because at times she seemed very aloof and I wasn't entirely sure of her intentions, which was good too in a way, but she was a good character for this story. Her resilience was commendable. The one very unrealistic thing in this book was how everyone was so eager to jump into calls haha. Like, hey I wanna ask you something about the past and the other person is like oh okay when do you wanna call???? That was so funny to me. I was also surprised at how easily people were ready to talk about something traumatic that they had gone through without any prior hesitation or question. Well, different people react differently, yeah, but still. A little resistance from one at least would have seemed more realistic perhaps. The story as a whole was a big slow burn. At times, it got very slow and dragged and it felt like the plot was not going anywhere. But the end was surprising, although kinda predictable. I liked the way the author took it to, even though very far-fetched. The gradual build up to that final reveal was done very well and seamlessly, which didn't feel haphazard or rushed. (view spoiler)[ Although, I did wish that the author had spent some more time on the whole hierarchy of scholarship students and rich students. I wish there was a bit more explanation as to why they chose to continue with the tradition even after, and why the scholarship was such a big deal. A more in-depth exploration of the outcast of scholarship students from the beginning would have added, I think, a whole new light to the climax. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I think this book had a good mystery, enough to keep one immersed into the tale and keep guessing. Not gonna lie, the author had me fooled for some time too. The climax might be sort of underwhelming for many - it was a little for me, very little - but I think its a very carefully crafted mystery.

  29. 5 out of 5

    ❤️My Dog is my Best Friend❤️

    This reminded me a lot of A Good Girls Guide to Murder with ghosts instead of murder. Which I wish I had enjoyed more but I felt like the story was all research and the climax was not as great as the buildup. Which was so disappointing because the plot was so interesting! Haley is investigating the death of one of her friends who she had a hard past with--their friendship fell apart because of Taylor's (her friend) actions. As she is digging she finds that there has been a lot of ghost hauntings This reminded me a lot of A Good Girls Guide to Murder with ghosts instead of murder. Which I wish I had enjoyed more but I felt like the story was all research and the climax was not as great as the buildup. Which was so disappointing because the plot was so interesting! Haley is investigating the death of one of her friends who she had a hard past with--their friendship fell apart because of Taylor's (her friend) actions. As she is digging she finds that there has been a lot of ghost hauntings that have lead to other incidents in the past she starts to wonder if Taylor's death was the suicide that everyone believed. Like I said before the plot sounded SO COOL and I felt like the buildup was interesting. The author layered on more and more and I found myself becoming so invested. I felt like I was solving it right along with Haley--and following red herrings that make the story so intriguing. My big issue came when the climax finally came to pass and I was left feeling disappointed. I felt like: All that for nothing???? That being said I did enjoy this book notwithstanding some of its faults. It was a very well done and researched story that I found it easy to get lost in. I will be taking a look at the authors other books because her writing style was easy to read and well done. I'd recommend this to people who like horror, paranormal, and investigative focused books. Also--if you liked "A Good Girls Guide to Murder" maybe read it because it gave me similar vibes. Content: Strong Language used regularly (f-word used 10+ times), there is one scene that talks about a video where a guy talks about a girls nipples but nothing explicit, violence, there is some lgbtq+ side characters rep

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Subroto

    This is a mystery novel that actually manage to spook me a little bit and reading it in the middle of the night just makes it creepier. I'm so surprised by myself that the plot is actually really good and I really like it. I think this is pretty well written and I don't have any problem with the pacing because I feel so interested in the plot. But others might feel the story progress very slow at the beginning. What caught me by surprise is how the paranormal aspect is written especially the stor This is a mystery novel that actually manage to spook me a little bit and reading it in the middle of the night just makes it creepier. I'm so surprised by myself that the plot is actually really good and I really like it. I think this is pretty well written and I don't have any problem with the pacing because I feel so interested in the plot. But others might feel the story progress very slow at the beginning. What caught me by surprise is how the paranormal aspect is written especially the stories about the ghost appearance and the creepy noises in the middle of night, even though the main focus is figuring out the mystery in the boarding school. I really like how we can read by ourselves the archive files and the interview conversation makes it felt more real. Although, there are so many names in here so many character to keep track that I got confuse at first. But, it gets easier to remember as the story progress. I'm really satisfied with the ending. I think it makes sense how it wraps up everything and personally I feel this isn't predictable because I tried to guess everything and the truth still left me speechless. Overall, this is a really good mystery novel, very enjoyable and very entertaining. I love everything from the mystery aspect right down to the paranormal aspect. I really enjoy my time reading this book and it's very hard to put down even for a second. I am really looking forward to what other mystery books this author will publish! Actual rating: 4.5⭐

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