It’s a school completely off the grid, hidden by dense forest and surrounded by traps. There’s no electricity, no internet, and an eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes include everything from Knife-Throwing and Poisons to the Art of Deception and Historical Analysis. And all of the students are children of the world’s most elite strategists—training to become assassins, counselors, spies, and master impersonators. Into this world walks November Adley, who quickly discovers that friends are few in a school where personal revelations are discouraged and competition is everything. When another student is murdered, all eyes turn to November, who must figure out exactly how she fits into the school’s bizarre strategy games before she is found guilty of the crime…or becomes the killer’s next victim.
What an awesome premise – a school that trains assassins. Throw in some murders, and you’ve got a ton of suspects, right?
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. The cover didn’t do much for me, but the description sounded crazy good. And it delivered – I wanted to finish this book in one sitting. November’s life changes vastly almost overnight – and she has no clue what’s going on. Every student at the school seems to know things about her, but she’s never met any of them, and no one is willing to share their knowledge. Every student is also a trained killer and strategist, and trusting the wrong person could be a fatal error. The stakes are high throughout the book, and I found myself holding my breath in some scenes. I’m pretty sure I suspected almost everyone at some point in the story. It’s obvious the author did her research in nonverbal communication and weapons, with some historical tidbits thrown in that add to the authenticity of the story.
Once the secrets are revealed, some are surprising and some predictable, but they sure do make for a tense, exciting read. With fabulous character development, political intrigue, a complex, thrilling plot, and a main character whose life is in jeopardy on nearly every page, Killing November is addictive, and one of my best reads this year.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.