When All The Girls Are Sleeping by Emily Arsenault
For fans of People Like Us and The Cheerleaders comes an all new psychological suspense novel about one girl’s investigation into her friend’s sudden death and the unsettling possibility that a killer is still on the loose.
Windham-Farnswood Academy is beautiful, prestigious, historic–the perfect place for girls to prep for college. But every student knows all is not as it seems. Each January, the Winter Girl comes knocking. She’s the spirit who haunts the old senior dorm, and this year is no exception.
For Haley, the timing couldn’t be worse. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of her ex-best friend, Taylor. When a disturbing video of Taylor surfaces, new questions about her death emerge. And it actually looks like Taylor was murdered.
Now, as Haley digs into what really happened last year, her search keeps bringing her back to the Winter Girl. Haley wants to believe ghosts aren’t real, but the clues–and the dark school history she begins to undercover–say otherwise. Now it’s up to her to solve the mystery before history has a chance to repeat itself and another life is taken.
A skillfully plotted mystery, …dark secrets await. –Holly Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder on Emily Arsenault’s All the Pretty Things
I definitely need to thank author Emily Arsenault for sending me this book. While it was on my TBR, it wasn’t super high up. I ended up loving it. This is a ghost story that is so hard to put down. Sadly, it took me awhile to read it since I was busier than normal. But when I did pick it up, time flew by and I had to force myself to put the book down to get things done.
Haley is on scholarship at a boarding school. There are some parts of her past talked about in the book and it sounds like the school was an escape for her. She wanted to be popular and to fit in. She became friends with Taylor during her freshman year. Taylor was rich and everyone knew who she was. It took a little while for Haley to realize that Taylor wasn’t a nice person. They had a falling out the previous year, right before Taylor died. There were mixed accounts since it happened late at night. Taylor was eating strong pot brownies, so maybe she jumped because of that. Or she jumped for other reasons. Either way, Taylor went out her fourth floor window.
The school has a very well known ghost story and there are small parts written by the ghost. Haley wants to know why Taylor died and starts digging into the past more. Her roommate studies the achieves and school history, so Haley gets some help there. She starts talking to past students to hear their accounts. Weird things start happening, including things in Taylor’s old room. Haley is pretty sure that Taylor was haunted by the ghost and maybe that’s what killed her. But she also has guilt for abandoning her and wonders if that could have led to Taylor’s death, too.
The pacing was great and the book has some parts that creeped me out a bit. It was a fun one to read at night.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to Emily Arsenault for sending me a copy of the book.
Warning for talk of suicide, mental abuse/parental issues, drugs, alcohol, bullying, hauntings, mental illness.
Have you read this yet? Is it on your TBR?