Ten years ago, Cally’s sister disappeared in St. Bede’s Academy. Ten years later, Cally gets a scholarship to attend said Academy. Why? Well, the why is not important but what’s going on on-campus. A murder has just turned up and the love life of the student body is amiss.
Cally sets out to find out what happened to Iris (the disappeared girl) and a puzzle box, drugs, cheating and a condom are involved (but not in that order). Pretty much what border schools is said to be about but not overtly so.
By the middle of the book, I kind of had an idea what had happened to Cally sister but didn’t know it was going to turn out that way. Also, I was hoping that something really sinister had happened but nope, the book is contemporary.
As per Cally, she seems to be very confused (and so is Jack) although I don’t totally get why if she is pretty, has a scholarship, the guy she first liked when she came to school…. Why the uncertainty, then?
Templeman does many references to things-I-don’t-know-what-they-are but if you get them, hurrah! I didn't but that didn't stop me from enjoying the book. I guess I could’ve Googled it but was lazy.
What I didn’t like: the lack of normal or ugly people in the school. Did everybody need to be beautiful Templeman? I also didn't like Cally insistence in being different. Come on, are you going to tell me that you live surrounded by rich kids and you purposely enjoy standing out? Whatever. I liked Helen better.
Templeman is already working on her next mystery, The glass casket set to be out in 2014. I’m keeping my eyes open.