Dark Rooms: A Novel

Paperback | March 29, 2016

byLili Anolik

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The Secret History meets Sharp Objects in this stunning debut about murder and glamour set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school.

Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly—a lonely classmate, unrequited love, a suicide note confession—but memory and instinct won’t allow Nica’s older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed.

Dropping out of college and living at home, working at the moneyed and progressive private high school in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she recently graduated, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer.

Compulsively readable, Lili Anolik’s debut novel combines the verbal dexterity of Marisha Pessl’s Special Topic in Calamity Physics and the haunting atmospherics and hairpin plot twists of Megan Abbott’s Dare Me.

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The Secret History meets Sharp Objects in this stunning debut about murder and glamour set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school.Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly—a lonely classmate, unrequit...

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“Dark Rooms warrants an urgency that I haven’t experienced since reading Nancy Drew in elementary school. It had me pining for more explanations, more dialogue, more, more, more, in a way that I don’t tend to experience often as an adult. . . . Simply put, Anolik brilliantly strings us along—which is what makes her first novel so rewar...

Lili Anolik is a contributing editor atVanity Fair. Her work has also appeared inHarper's,Elle, andThe Believer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:March 29, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062345877

ISBN - 13:9780062345875

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from ARC review I really enjoyed this book. It was an extremely quick read. It felt like a teen novel at times. I liked the mystery, felt it lacked some character development and most of the characters should go on to have a lot of therapy.
Date published: 2015-08-23

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“A Twin Peaks-twisted murder mystery.”