Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Abike-Iyimide



I loved this story – it kept me fully engrossed with the suspense and power of its build-up – making the resolutions so much more worth it, and the plot twists were amazing!

The author is not afraid to touch upon difficult topics, exploring PTSD, death and relationships. I love the links between the disappearance, Sade’s ‘ghosts’ and the murder – I’d recommend this to dark academia lovers aged 12+.

By: Ellie (age 14). Rating: 4.5/5.

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This was a mistake, the voice in her head whispered. You should never have come…

Sade Hussein is the new girl at the prestigious Alfred Nobel Academy. She has no idea what to expect of her mysterious new boarding school – an institution steeped in tradition and secrets. But she certainly didn’t imagine her roommate, Elizabeth, to go missing on her first night. Or for people to think Sade had something to do with it.

Suddenly everyone is talking about Sade, including the Unholy Trinity: the three most popular girls at school. Swept up in their circle, Sade can’t shake the sense that there’s more to Elizabeth’s disappearance – especially as the teachers don’t seem to care.

And then a student is found dead.

It’s clear there’s more to Alfred Nobel Academy and its students than Sade could have imagined – and she must race to uncover the truth. But secrets lurk around every corner and beneath every surface…secrets that rival even her own.

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