At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.
When former con artist Eleanor Ames’ homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.
Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.
Ellie (Eleanor) is a young girl, a teenager, with a tumultuous past. She comes from a con family and now lives with her older sister Harper and boyfriend Aidan (a secret service agent). Although Harper and Ellie have no real identity Aidan has done his best to ensure Ellie has a good education at prep school Holden. Miles Beckett is her new neighbor in the building and also enrolled in Holden, although only for one semester. His parents are out of the country.
The story is done well, but the information about Ellie’s past (and that of Harper and her family) is scattered. That makes it sometimes hard to follow. You have to wait for the total picture until almost the end and even then it is not really clear. But you do know who Ellie is. And she is inventive, smart, totally prepared to find out who killed her friend Simon. He is supposed to have committed suicide, but new evidence has Ellie once again doubting it. When she discovers Miles is not who he seems to be, they team up to follow leads.
It is indeed very Veronica Mars-like with cover-up stories, bugs etc. I liked Ellie a lot. I just wished she and Miles were a bit older! They are still teens (16,17) and sound so much more mature. Maybe the story will make a time jump into the future of Ellie and Miles in the next book!!