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A mesmerizing portrayal about the competitive world of prep schools, and the lengths some students — and their parents — will go to succeed, Breaking by Danielle Rollins is an intoxicating paranormal suspense thriller that will see readers eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next.
Companion novel to Burning.
Prep school gets a twist of supernatural suspense in this commercial YA thriller.
Charlotte has always been content in the shadow of her two best friends at the prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute. Ariel is daring and mysterious. Devon is beautiful and brilliant. Although Charlotte never lived up to the standards of the school—or her demanding mother—her two best friends became the family she never had. When Ariel and Devon suddenly commit suicide within a month of each other, Charlotte refuses to accept it as a coincidence. But as the clues point to a dangerous secret about Underhill Prep, Charlotte is suddenly in over her head. There’s a reason the students of Underhill are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth…
Suspenseful and scintillating, with hints of the supernatural, this fast-paced thriller will keep readers hooked.
I must confess, I didn’t even realize at first that this was a companion to Burning — but the more I read, the more I started to suspect a connection – until I finally Googled it, and got my answer. The two books are, indeed, connected — and though most of Breaking reads much like a standalone, knowing the events of Burning makes it all the more creepy — and the build-up to the book’s climax all the more powerful and surreal.
I am a sucker for most YA books set at prep schools or boarding schools, so that element alone had me hooked when I started reading Breaking — but seeing Charlotte uncover more and more of the sinister truth behind her school, made reading this book all the more thrilling. So, too did catching the little references to the events of Burning, and trying to guess how the two books might overlap and come together.
With both books, Rollins has a gift for the truly unexpected. Her plot twists are genuinely and deliciously twisty.
Honestly, I was just pleased as punch with the exhilarating conclusion to this book. And though a part of me hopes for a third book to help tie everything together, I’m still quite satisfied with how the two books came together by the end of Breaking — and strongly recommend reading Burning first for a richer, more complete reading experience. (And I loved Burning, too, so it’s worth the read on its own merits, as well.)
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Author of the best-selling MERCILESS series, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, BURNING, and BREAKING. I’m currently working on the last installment of the Merciless books, & starting a new series to be announced later this year.
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Lovely review! It sounds captivating, and I love it when books have shared universes like that!
The second I read about the two friends both committing suicide so soon after one another, I HAD to know what happened