Illumen Hall is a boarding school of tradition and achievement. But tragedy strikes when the body of a girl, a student, is discovered - on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie. For new student Audrey, it is just another strange and unsettling thing about her new surroundings. And for her roommate Ivy, well, she's just annoyed she has to share with the new girl from America. As an unlikely friendship develops, the two are drawn deeper into the mystery of this strange and terrible murder.
They will discover that something dangerous is at the heart of their school. Welcome to The Magpie Society.
An elite private boarding school in the English countryside provides the perfect setting for this gripping murder mystery. The school’s brightest student has been murdered, just as new student Audrey arrives from America.
Cleverly written from the juxtaposition of the two new roommates, their differing points of view and different experiences add to the air of mystery that surrounds the case and the school.
Something dangerous is in their school, and both Audrey and Ivy must decide when to stand up for themselves, for what is right, for what they believe in and the truth. They must also fight the constant battle between the choices they make and the consequences that these choices may have on their lives and the lives of others.
The story is expertly crafted to leave you guessing the whole way through, and with more books in the series lined up there are a lot of unanswered questions that will leave readers hanging for Book 2! A thrilling read, best suited to readers 16+.
Reviewed by Ben