Publication Date: 12/26/2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Cheating, partying, blackmail, and now...murder?
Can the Billings Girls remain untouchable?
Reed's boyfriend, Thomas Pearson -- the popular, easygoing, irresistibly handsome and charismatic boy she fell in love with -- is dead. No one knows how it happened, and everyone is after the truth. Or are they?
Life at Easton Academy begins to feel very different. Taylor is acting like the poster child for Prozac, Kiran is spiking her cornflakes, Noelle is being kind of...nice, and Arianna keeps floating along as if nothing has happened.
Thanksgiving break arrives and Reed and Josh find themselves alone on campus. They are forced to confront the feelings they've been hiding. Those feelings combined with an empty campus result in the hottest hookup Reed could possibly imagine. But when Reed breaks the news about Josh to the Billings Girls, there's no fun game of tell-all. Instead, Josh begins to look like suspect No. 1 in the murder of Thomas Pearson.
The perfect life Reed has constructed as a Billings Girl begins to crumble. And as everyone becomes more convinced of Josh's guilt, Reed's private suspicions lead her somewhere she doesn't want to go.
This is number three in the Private series, and it just keeps getting better and better! Kate Brian’s writing reminds me a lot of Sara Shepard. They both have series that are so much fun to just pick up and breeze right through. This book is mysterious and suspenseful. I couldn’t help but try to figure out who it is that killed Thomas Pearson, Reed’s boyfriend. Reed is a young girl who is still trying to figure out her way around the school campus. She is a Billings Girl, but finds that they can still be backstabbing and corruptive. The Billing Girls are out to protect themselves, but as Reed finds out they are trying to protect her too. She finally has a place that she fits in.
Unfortunately, all her girls are leaving for Thanksgiving Break and she gets to hang out with Josh. Josh is the super-cute boy that Reed is falling for, but doesn’t want to admit it (especially so soon after Thomas has gone missing and been found dead). Those feelings just fester as time goes on and grow into more than she can handle. Weird things start happening around her. Reed isn’t sure about who she can trust and who she can’t. She feels lost and is just trying to find her way at this school. Reed makes some crazy decisions that lead to very scary situations.
This book was another good one in the series. Personally, I think it was the best one yet! I’m so glad I was able to pick up most of the series from Half-Price Books at an amazing price. I can’t get enough. These books are an easy read and a great way to spend your time. They would be great mysterious summer beach reads too (if there was a beach and summer anywhere near me). I hold to the same opinion I had since the first book. If you like Sara Shepard, you will like this series by Kate Brian. Take a chance on it because I’m sure you will enjoy them!