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The Suicide House

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I did not finish this one, it was not for me, I couldn't relate to the characters, and just did not care for the story.

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The Suicide House is the 2nd book from Charlie Donlea featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore, and her partner, psychologist Lane Phillips. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. My delayed review is due to realizing this was book 2 and I planned to read the 1st book but have just never gotten to it. I recently read another book by this author- Those Empty Eyes which I really liked and decided to go ahead and read this one - That being said - although this is book 2 I was able to read this as a standalone. The only thing I feel like I may have missed out on is details about the relationship between Rory and Lane. This book has a lot that got me hooked -a prestigious boarding school, a secret society, the legend of the Man in the mirror, and all of the mysterious deaths/suicides. The story is told from multiple pov's as well as dual timelines. The book features interesting characters as well as an intriguing mystery. I really enjoy this author's writing and I look forward to going back and reading Some Choose Darkness as well as checking out his other books.

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"The Suicide House" by Charlie Donlea is a thrilling and suspenseful novel that kept me hooked from start to finish. The story revolves around a group of college students who investigate a string of suicides that occurred at an abandoned mansion known as the "Suicide House." As they delve deeper into the mystery, they begin to uncover dark secrets and sinister motives.

Donlea's writing is crisp and engaging, with well-crafted characters and a tightly woven plot that keeps the reader guessing. The twists and turns are well-executed and left me constantly on the edge of my seat.

What I particularly enjoyed about this book is the way it explores the psychology of fear and trauma. The characters are all dealing with their own personal demons, and the novel effectively examines the impact that past experiences can have on our present actions.

Overall, "The Suicide House" is a masterfully crafted thriller that is sure to keep readers entertained and engaged. Donlea's ability to build tension and suspense is second to none, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good psychological mystery.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for sending a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Charlie Donlea did it again! I love everything he has written so far and this one surely did not disappoint. Set around a podcast about two students who were murdered at an elite boarding school. OH THE DRAMA!

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I am sorry, this was just not for me. I loved the premise and I always enjoy mysteries that have a bit of a podcast aspect as a fan of podcasts myself - but this just did not work for me at all. I think the first issue is that I did not actually know the characters before, and I got the feeling that this is supposed to be a follow-up to an amateur detective's story, but I had no connection to them so their abrupt introduction into the story felt a bit random to me. Then the pacing threw me completely off and the dialogue just felt... so stilted. I got feedback from some other friends who read this and didn't enjoy it either, but I really enjoyed Charlie Donlea's The Girl Who Was Taken and later on Twenty Years Later, so clearly this was just a bump on the road and I'll be picking up more of his books for sure.

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The Suicide House brings back the team of Rory Moore and Lane Phillips. Rory is a forensic reconstructionist and Lane is a psychological profiler. They undertake an investigation into the gruesome murders of two students at a prestigious boarding school which leads to the subsequent suicides of four others. The school requires therapy for all their students, not just the ones with serious issues. Part of that therapy is journal writing, which figures into the plot. Short chapters keep the reader off balance. It started off slower than his other books and it took longer to draw me in. I was definitely up in the air as to who was behind the murders. This was a really good book!

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I've been a long time fan of Donlea's since his debut novel, Summit Lake. In fact, I still find myself recommending that one often to other readers. When I heard he would have a book set in a private school, I was immediately intrigued - there's just something about that setting that always draws me in! Unfortunately, this one wasn't quite the same hit for me that some of his prior books have been. Ultimately, I did still enjoy it though.

3.5 Stars

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This book was ok, but I never felt invested in the story. It was fine as I was reading, but I could have put it down, not picked it up again, and wouldn't have wondered how everything ended up playing out.

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If you liked "Some Choose Darkness" then you will like this one as well. I like books with boarding schools and podcasts. Great writing, good pacing, three-dimensional characters. Another solid novel from Charlie Donlea.

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I loved this! Such a solid psychological thriller that keeps you guessing and is very captivating. The academic setting and journal entries just added to the dark, creepy atmosphere and added an excellent layer of mystery to the whole story.

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Though I haven’t read the first book in this series, I don’t feel like that took away from it.

What I loved is the fact that one of the main characters is neurodivergent. It made me feel excited to see an author using someone’s idiosyncrasies for good.

Add to that a compelling thriller with multiple story lines that all weave together and you have an amazing book!

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I don't know what it is, but I LOVE a good thriller that incorporates a podcast that follows the killings happening in the story at hand (or in-hand haha). This was such a great read that had all the awesome features of a suspenseful thriller - slow start to help follow along, short chapters, different POV and keeping the reader guessing throughout the book!

My first book by Donlea but definitely will not be my last!

A huge thank you to NetGalley, Charlie Donlea and Kensington Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

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Read but was not terribly memorable. I am clearing out the books published in 2020 from my "to review" shelf!

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RATING: 3.5
2020; Kensington Books

I liked The Suicide House a lot more than I liked Some Choose Darkness (the first in the series), but I just couldn't get into the actual storyline. The characters were better shaped now that we know the background story from book one. I am hoping with a more exciting mystery in the next book, I can get the thrilling feeling I did from his standalone novels.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

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The Suicide House is a podcast focusing on murders taking place at Westment Prep School. Loved the addition of podcast excerpts and diary entries. There is a large cast of characters to keep straight which sometimes was confusing on the audio but I loved how things were revealed from different perspectives. There are multiple sub plots and the story goes back and forth in time between 2019 and 2020.

While I enjoyed the secret society aspect and the prep school setting, I felt things got convoluted at times and had more red herrings than I'd have liked. Things felt bogged down at times and I couldn't help but think that less is more. Still, Donlea never disappoints and this was twisty, creepy and had a real sense of horror to it that I enjoyed.

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Though I think that Donlea has a good writing style, I just couldn't get into the story or connect with the characters. This is just not the book for me, though I can see how others may like it.

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The Suicide House was a disappointment after the amazing debut in this series; Some Choose Darkness. I’d like to say that I still HIGHLY recommend Some Choose Darkness but I’d have a hard time recommending Suicide House.

The story itself was intriguing and thrilling but the writing ruined it. On a positive note, the mystery was so interesting that I gladly suffered through the horrible writing. Since I was given an unedited copy I truly hope that the issues had been fixed before publication. The specific issue I had with the writing was the repetition. I can’t even begin to guess how many times we are told “Rorys mind doesn’t work that way.” Yes, Rory is neurodivergent. Yes, it is why she is such an amazing character. NO, we don’t need to be reminded every time she has a though.

Since I am writing this review sometime after having finished the book I’ll admit that I might have forgotten some plot points but I remember the ending very well because it is the second issue I have with this book. •SPOILER WARNING for both Some Choose Darkness and Suicide House• This book isn’t only repetitive in its writing it’s also repetitive in its endings. When Rory let’s *bad guy* in SCD die at the end of the novel it is raw, it is vengeful and it is badass. It’s a woman taking revenge for decades of injustice. It packed a punch.. When she kills *bad guy* in TSH it was because.....why not? Seriously, there was no real reason why the book HAD to end this way. Not only was it boring because it basically repeated the ending of the first book, it also cheapened the ending of the first book. It took a morally gray moment that could have been character defining in SCD and turned it into just another death.

As great as the mystery was, what I remember most about this book was how annoyed I felt while reading it. It is hinted at the end of TSH that the series will continue but I can’t honestly say if I’ll be picking up the next book.

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What a great book!!! I need another sequel, another Rory Moore/Lane Phillips adventure! Pretty, pleeeeeaassseee!!!

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Thank you so much o net galley for sending me a copy of this book. I didn’t read the first book because it didn’t really sound interesting but this plot really intrigued me! It wasn’t the best book I read but it was entertaining!

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This book was what I wanted and more , it completely captivated me from the beginning.. I love when a book confuses me and plays with my mind where I don’t know where I’m going.I loved the premise , the boarding school setting , the podcast setting. A teacher is charged with a crime of brutally murdering two students. A year later other students who were present are commuting suicide one by one. Doesn’t that catch your attention?

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