"This is going to be big." -Entertainment Weekly
“Juicy, clever, and beguiling." -Cecily von Ziegsar, author of the Gossip Girl novels
A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.
One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.
Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s "it" crowd.
Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s—the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.
As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Klehfoth grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. She received her BFA in creative writing from Chapman University and her MFA in creative writing from Indiana University, where she taught fiction writing and composition. She currently lives in Los Angeles. All These Beautiful Strangers is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a fun read, but dragged a little. The plot is tight and the characters well written. It certainly held my interest to the very end, and surprised me satisfyingly!
Very much Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars. I found it to be a really enjoyable YA read, solid storytelling, fairly believable teen characters (albeit a little one dimensional) and plot that hooks. The multiple viewpoints actually worked for me, as long as I didn’t dwell too hard on how I was privy to them. All in all, a fun summer read, and I’m a sucker for a great cover. This book took me 5.5 hours to read. 3.5 stars. I was given this ACR from Edelweiss and Harper Collins Canada for my honest review.
I loved the gossipy, entitled feel of the prep school setting, and the mystery and excitement that came with the dual timelines. It was perfectly twisted for my tastes, and I was blissfully blindsided by the reveal. Exactly what I needed to read at exactly the right time.
It was very "teeny" but well written.