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Publisher's Summary

A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.

One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.

Years later, 17-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s "it" crowd.

Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s - the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.

As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.

©2018 Elizabeth Klehfoth (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"This is going to be big." (Entertainment Weekly)

“Juicy, clever, and beguiling." (Cecily von Ziegsar, author of the Gossip Girl novels)

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I really liked this book!

Even though this book COULD be considered a Y/A psychological thriller, it was more than adult enough for me. The plot revolves around boarding school student Charlotte (Charlie) Calloway, whose mother supposedly ran away when she was young. Each chapter weaves the mystery of her boarding school, her mother, her family's secrets, and her personal conflicts with her own shortcomings in a way that I thought was pretty intriguing and compelling. I've listened to a lot of psychological thrillers, and they not only have to grab me from the get-go, but keep me interested all the way through. This one did. The ending was satisfying, and the narrators did a great job. I give it two thumbs up, and recommend it!

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Quick Listen

Very engaging liked the story and narration- guessed the ending but still enjoyed. Would recommend.

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Don’t Expect The Secret History

I’ve seen comparisons and it’s just not nearly as interesting. Then again I’m a huge Donna Tart fan and not too many books could compare. With that in mind, it was a fun listen. Felt like young adult fiction. But good.

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I couldn’t stop listening

If you like a good mystery then you will love this. Great twist that you won’t see coming.

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Meh

It was difficult to identify or sympathize with the main character who was a narcissistic entitled wealthy girl. Also, I didn’t feel like the characters and their relationships were all that well developed, given the length of the book.

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Not the best, but not the worst

I read/listen to a lot of fiction and love stories with mysterious disappearances (Megan Abbott books have been a recent binge) and have a prep/boarding school setting (Prep, The Luckiest Girl Alive, Never Let Me Go, and Indecent were all great). When I read the description for All These Beautiful Strangers, there were those themes, alternating points of view, and a secret society - I thought I struck gold! I listened to the book in its entirety, but didn't love it the way I did the books previously mentioned.

This novel should be targeted for young adults. As a 31 year old, I felt too old to relate to the story and was bored by the style of writing. The main character is unlikable and poorly developed, she has no discernable personality traits and her only motivation for action in the book is to uncover the past. That's it, there are minimal feelings attached to the events. Some characters are simply unnecessary - I kept waiting for the main character's sister to play a role in the story, but there was none. She could have been written out entirely, as could have multiple characters and parts of the novel. There was an extended volleyball scene with numerous secondary and tertiary students which was confusing, exhausting, and could have been edited to a paragraph instead of (what seemed like) 20 minutes. The person who reads the part of the mother is very difficult to understand. Her voice conveys that she has a flat affect and is unhappy in her life/marriage, but she mumbles through the first few chapters.

Despite these drawbacks, I enjoyed the plot of the book and finding how the three narratives overlap and intertwine to present a complete picture of the "event." I wish the story was streamlined to make for an easier and more enjoyable read (listen). I would recommend this book to teenagers, but not to adults.

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Pretty good

This story was pretty good, I was intrigued and it kept my attention. I will say audio wise one of the readers is difficult to understand. But I would definitely recommend