Updated: Aug 3
The Suicide House is smart, savvy and suspenseful.
In 2019, two students were killed in a grizzly slaughter at an abandon boarding house on the edge of the Westmont Preparatory High School in Peppermill, Indiana. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast titled The Suicide House. Although a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent, is why so many students who survived that horrible night have returned to the dilapidated boarding house to kill themselves.
Rory Moore, an expert in reconstructing cold cases is working with criminal profiler Lane Phillips, re-creating the night of the killings in order to find answers which have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that there’s something sinister still happening there.
“On the other side of that wall are the woods, and in those woods is a forgotten path that leads to the infamous boarding house.“
THE SUICIDE HOUSE is deeply compelling and immensely satisfying. It is full of unsettling tension and is thrillingly well written. The chapter structure jumps back and forth in time, and takes a little getting used to the rhythm, but keep reading. The plot is smart and the investigation into the grisly event is diverse and robust. Investigators includes the podcaster, a freelance journalist, the forensic reconstructionist, and even a retired cop from South Florida.
THE SUICIDE HOUSE is full of unforgettable characters. You can’t help but love the uniqueness that is Rory Moore. She is both brilliant and on the autism spectrum. She loves her Madden Girl Eloise combat boots and her hobby is restoring antique porcelain dolls. Her drive, dedication and willingness to push through her obsessive compulsive disorder is amazing.
Rory first appears in Charlie Donlea’s previous novel SOME CHOOSE DARKNESS, although this is not a series. Donlea states that all his novels are standalone thrillers. But readers can find nuggets of the previous book sprinkled within the pages of each subsequent one. He is very clever!
If you haven’t read anything by Charlie Donlea, you definitely need to catch up. He has written four other novels: Summit Lake, The Girl Who Was Taken, Don’t Believe It and Some Choose Darkness. I have read them all and if you like thrillers with great characters I highly recommend them. Donlea is a USA Today best-selling author who was born and raised in Chicago, where he currently lives with his wife and two young children.
Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Publishing for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Kensington Publishing
Published July 28, 2020