Dark Rooms: A Novel (Hardcover)

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The Secret History meets Sharp Objects in this stunning debut about murder and glamour set in the ambiguous and claustrophobic world of an exclusive New England prep school.

Death sets the plot in motion: the murder of Nica Baker, beautiful, wild, enigmatic, and only sixteen. The crime is solved, and quickly—a lonely classmate, unrequited love, a suicide note confession—but memory and instinct won’t allow Nica’s older sister, Grace, to accept the case as closed.

Dropping out of college and living at home, working at the moneyed and progressive private high school in Hartford, Connecticut, from which she recently graduated, Grace becomes increasingly obsessed with identifying and punishing the real killer.

Compulsively readable, Lili Anolik’s debut novel combines the verbal dexterity of Marisha Pessl’s Special Topic in Calamity Physics and the haunting atmospherics and hairpin plot twists of Megan Abbott’s Dare Me.

Praise For…


“Fascinating, disturbing, mysterious, and at times, downright creepy--Lili Anolik’s wonderfully twisted debut novel will intoxicate readers!”

“As much as this is a crime drama, it’s also a coming-of-age novel. The plot is high-suspense, but it’s the strength of the characters—and the strength of Anolik’s hypnotic, unfussy prose—that gives the book its lasting force. Wholly absorbing and emotionally rich...Deeply satisfying.”

“Insightful [and] complex ...Anolik’s haunting debut is tough to put down and will stay with you for a long time. The author’s characters and tone recall Donna Tartt’s The Secret History or Kimberly Pauley’s Ask Me.”

“Great story, great twists, great insights -- a brilliant start to a novelist’s career.”

“One hell of a first novel. Dark Rooms is an elegant work of crime fiction with a plot as well-drawn as the characters who inhabit it. It’s a fine murder mystery as well as an exploration of loss and identity...Think Megan Abbott meets Twin Peaks.”

“Suspenseful, sad and, shattering...Whether or not you believe in ghosts, Anolik’s debut will haunt you.”

“A Twin Peaks-twisted murder mystery.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062345868
ISBN-10: 0062345869
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English