Liane Moriarty’s latest bestseller, Big Little Lies, is set in an elementary school where a parents’ trivia night goes horribly awry. Recently, there’s been a bumper crop of fiction with school settings. They’re chock full of drama, gossip, humor, and suspense. Start the school year off with one of these addictive reads!
The Fever by Megan Abbott
The Nash family is close-knit. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when teenage Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread throughout the school, and a series of tightly held secrets begins to emerge.
The Last First Day by Carrie Brown
Ruth’s husband, Peter, is the legendary chief of New England’s Derry School for Boys. As the novel opens, we witness the loosening of the aging Peter’s grasp: he will soon have to retire, and Ruth is wondering what they will do in their old age, separated from the school into which they have poured everything.
The Secret Place by Tana French
A year after the body of Chris Harper was found at St. Kilda’s, a girls’ school in a Dublin suburb, student Holly Mackey gives Detective Stephen Moran a photo of Chris she’s found with the words “I know who killed him” written on the back.
The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School. It is the place he feels has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control.
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Happily married counselor Grace Sachs is about to promote her relationship book advising women to listen more closely to their mates when she’s thrown by the murder of a mother at her son’s exclusive private school. Then she can’t reach her husband while he’s away on business, and things really start to unravel.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Successful attorney Kate Baron’s teenage daughter, Amelia, has been suspended from her school for cheating. When she arrives at the school, Kate finds that she is too late—Amelia has jumped to her death. Then she receives an anonymous text that says “She didn’t jump.”
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small liberal arts college. His life is a tale of woe, he thinks, and the way he sees to combat that is in the endless series of letters of recommendation that he is called upon to produce by his students.
What Has Become of You by Jan Elizabeth Watson
When aspiring true crime writer Vera Lundy is asked to fill in for a private school English teacher on maternity leave, she feels in over her head. Wanting to keep her past involvement in a crime a secret, Vera finds herself on edge when a student is found dead.
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