The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea. (2020).
(Rory Moore/Lane Phillips; #2)
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Beyond the manicured campus of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory School sits an abandoned boarding house which is popular for students as a hangout – and recently the scene of a dangerous game gone wrong. A year ago, two students were murdered there and even though a teacher was deemed guilty there are still questions. Particularly, why have three survivors of that night returned there to kill themselves? Well-known criminal profiler Lane is hired as an advisor and he knows this is the perfect puzzle for forensic reconstructionist Rory. But the more they learn, the more they are convinced the game hasn’t ended. And for it’s players, there may be no way win or survive…
Although this is technically a sequel, you could read it as a standalone. However, I would highly recommend reading the first one (The Woman in Darkness) as it explains the character of Rory in relation to her history, her skills and personality etc and I think it would make this one just that bit more enjoyable for the reader. The narrative alternates between three timelines: the present; the events leading up to the killings; and journal entries presumably from the killer explaining their history. This is one twisty book – just as you might think you know what’s going on and where it’s leading to, the storyline is flipped around leaving you guessing.
I’d highly recommend this edge-of-your-seat novel for those that enjoy suspense thrillers.