Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok YA Fantasy Mystery/Thriller set in an elite boarding school in Switzerland. When the new school year starts, three best friends discover that their fourth best friend drowned in a lake on school grounds. The police rule it a suicide, but the girls believe differently.

A new girl starts school and is housed in the dead girl’s room with the three friends. This sets off an investigation by the girls into the death of their friend, and other student’s deaths throughout the years. They find a fairytale book with no happy endings and discover that each of them fits a particular tale. They must solve the mystery of the curse or they are doomed to the fairytale’s tragic endings.

This book started out promising, but about 1/3 into the story, it started to really drag. The pace slowed way down and it seemed like the author was spinning her wheels not knowing where to go next. I got really frustrated and almost stopped reading, but I stuck it out and the book got a bit better toward the end.

I didn’t really like most of the characters. They all had issues and continually made poor decisions. There was almost no character growth and it got old after awhile. This was a pretty dark book with almost no levity. Even these books need a little bit of lightness once in awhile to break up the gloom, but there was none here.

The book ended on a cliffhanger. I’m 50/50 on whether or not I’ll read any more books in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire. All opinions are my own.