(Note: I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
This one didn’t do much for me. The description caught my attention – orphaned Moroccan siblings sent to a remote, forbidding boarding school in Scotland, where they encounter racism and bullying. I love boarding school novels. I love seeing diverse characters. Sadly, Bairdston squanders all of this potential, thanks to lack of plot, poor characterization, wooden dialogue, heavy-handed writing and lines like this: “It was unusual for a woman’s intellect to flourish in the shade of great beauty, if only because beauty could demand priority service without art or artifice.” Huh?
Cook writes thrillers and from what I gleaned by reading other reviews, the characters in this book are spinoffs from another series. Maybe the thrillers are better? Skip this one.