“Throughout most of the book I was rating this one about 3.5 stars, but a bit more than half way through I had to change my opinion and rate it just short of a 4. At first I felt like I was reading a YA angst novel part of the time and a tepid thriller the rest of the time. It kinda builds up and soon you're smack in the middle of a murder mystery/thriller with a bit of reluctant romance thrown in there for good measure. I wouldn't recommend this one if romance is one of your favored genres. There is only one 'love scene' in the book. Otherwise it's just bantering and flirting......or trying NOT to flirt. The book is touted (sp) as one with a surprising twist at the end, and though I thought all had been revealed there was one last shocking twist right there at the very end, when you think the rest of the story is the beginning of the characters' happily ever afters. I don't read alot of Lisa Jackson so I can't compare this one to her previous efforts. All I can say is, I enjoyed it, and I can be a bit hard to please outside of my favorite authors. I think any mystery/thriller fans will find this a good read.
At first, it sounds like the answer to a parent's prayers: an elite boarding school in the Oregon mountains where wayward kids turn their lives around. But behind the idyllic veneer lie disturbing rumors of missing students and questionable treatments.
Jules Farentino knows her half-sister, Shaylee, has been going off the rails lately. She's just not sure Blue Rock Academy is the answer. Accepting a teaching position there lets Jules keep an eye on Shay, but also confirms her fears. One student is found hanged, another near death. Something sinister is at hand-and Jules may already be too late to stop it.
As a brutal snowstorm sweeps in, cutting off the remote campus from the rest of the world, Jules will discover the Academy's dark secrets, and confront a murderous evil without limits, withour remorse, without mercy........”