Dark Companion-Marta Acosta

Dark Companion

Marta Acosta

Tor Teen, Jul 3 2012, $17.99

ISBN: 9780765329646

 

Since becoming an orphan a decade ago at the age of six, Jane Williams has bounced around the foster care system.  She learned rather quickly to hide in plain sight and to work hard at escaping.  When she turned sixteen, her diligence pays off when she receives a full scholarship including a cottage to attend prestigious Birch Grove High School.  To her shock she is welcomed as a friend by the affluent students especially Mary Violet.

 

Jane is attracted to both sons Lucian and Jack of Headmistress Radcliffe.  Street-wised Jane knows she is naïve when it comes to boys.  Still she recognizes there is something dark inside both of them, but it is Lucien who she is willing to pay the piper to be with.  However, Jane feels a need to know what happened to the previous scholarship student and why Jack loathes her

 

This is an engaging paranormal gothic thriller starring a unique protagonist and a strong cast.  The taut storyline builds on the innocent female in peril as tension of mysterious happenings in an isolated boarding school mount.  Although the heroine’s revelation about love seems abrupt, young adult fans will enjoy It Happened to Jane (Eyre).

 

Harriet Klausner

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