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    Compelling and clever!

    Elena Mayfield is the kind of teacher all students want to have. She’s enthusiastic, innovative, creative and gorgeous. She’s also dead, as we learn in the prologue. She Lies Alone is a well written, clever mystery set in a small town high school. Narrated by Jane Bryson, Ravenswood High chemistry teacher, and Amy Granger, a single parent who works in the school office, the story begins seven weeks before the murder. Elena is new to the school and her rule-breaking style delights her students and frustrates the administration. Although their styles are very different, she and Jane become friends. And Elena quickly begins a relationship with social studies teacher Nick Bell. Amy Granger is still bitter after her divorce. Her husband left her for another woman and she and her children are still adjusting. Her teenage daughter Phoebe has been rocked by changes. She’s had a falling out with her friends, quit sports and, after Jane pairs her with a troubled boy during a science experiment, changes her appearance. Amy is dismayed when Phoebe and Rowan become inseparable. This fast paced plot moves quickly to the annual Geeks and Goblins fundraiser. Elena will be found dead the next morning. The evening brims over with suspicious behavior leading to a shocking conclusion. She Lies Alone is a compelling thriller. The school setting, with its office politics and student drama, is almost a character itself. The personal lives of all the characters, especially Jane, give them dimension. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Laura Wolfe for this ARC.
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    not a page turner for me

    This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The prologue sets the scene with the discovery of a body on the high school football field. From there, it sets up all the characters, and leads up to the murder. This takes 62% of the book. The book is told from two perspectives, Jane, the AP Chemistry teacher, and Amy the mother of one of Jane's students, who is a part-timer in the school office as an accountant. I felt like this book was a bit slow. It didn't hold my attention and wasn't one that I couldn't put down. That being said, I didn't predict the murderer, and I didn't hate it. Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Laura Wolfe for giving me this book.
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    A brilliant psychological suspense

    I was first introduced to Laura Wolfe’s work this year with Two Widows, which I absolutely loved, so when it was announced that we were getting another book this year from her, it was like all my Christmas’ had come at once! So the question is, did She Lies Alone have me captivated and under its spell like Two Widows did? Read on to find out! She Lies Alone is a expertly crafted psychological suspense, that right from the get go pulls you in and takes you hostage. Straight off the bat in the prologue, a body is discovered by a morning jogger on the grounds of the prestigious Ravenswood High School. Although not something new, what makes this different to other books that have similar prologues, is we learn the identity of the murder victim up front, which in this case is the schools English teacher, Elena Mayfield. This approach took me back to one of my all time favourite TV series, Cold Case and how you knew who the murder victim was right from the first scene, for it then to go back and discover the why they were killed, which how She Lies Alone plays out. I enjoy it when a book has been structured like this and Laura Wolfe has executed it in this way perfectly. The story has been very well plotted and is dual narrated by two of the characters who are also employees of the school, as they each give us their points of view in the lead up to Elena’s murder. The story also delves into small town gossip and school politics which I found it to be very interesting and enjoyed the dynamics and the drama between the staff, students and the parents. So to go back to the beginning of my review and answer my question of did She Lies Alone have me captivated and under its spell? A huge YES! I loved this book and was so engrossed and enthralled by its story and characters, that I could not tear myself away from it. Laura Wolfe has done such a great job with this book and it is one of my best reads for the year. It was a pleasure to be able to read and review She Lies Alone, which I highly recommend.
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    Clever & Entertaining

    Laura Wolfe has written a cracking psychological thriller heavily dosed with mystery, set at a prestigious High School - Ravenswood. A jogger discovers the deceased body of newly employed and very popular English teacher Elena Mayfield on the soccer field. Jane Bryson, a long-serving science teacher at the same school was delighted when Elena joined Ravenswood High as she had a friend who had been ready to challenge authority. Jane had always given Elena her support and kept Elena's affair with another colleague a secret from the gossips and blabbermouths, however, someone had disliked Elena enough to kill her. Told from the perspectives of Jane and Amy Granger, the school accounts clerk, the story unravelled at a speedy pace and there were several suspects. With troubles developing, and personality clashes emerging, the stifling school environment was a great backdrop for the growing tension and undercurrents amongst the staff and students. The characters were well portrayed by Laura Wolfe once I had them all straight in my mind, and most were likeable. Jane and Elena's contrasting personalities provided added dimension and I enjoyed the Halloween theme and autumnal touches. Twisting and suspenseful, She Lies Alone was a thoroughly entertaining and mesmerising mystery that I'm certain most psychological thriller aficionados will enjoy. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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