Kasey is finally home from the mental hospital, and she's having a difficult time making friends. Afterall, who
wants to be friends with a girl who was possessed, and tried to murder her parents? Hesitant to build a new relationship with her little sister, Alexis decides to hang back to see if Kasey can survive the "survival of the fittest" atmosphere of high school on her own.
When Kasey's group of outcasts create the Sunshine Club, and find themselves at the center of popularity and
acceptance, Alexis gets suspicious and joins. She quickly finds out that they've conjured a creature named Aralt who promises riches and fame in exchange for their souls. As the club grows and approaches "graduation day," strange things begin happening and people start dying. What once seemed like a harmless
agreement to become popular has turned into a coven of young girls willing to kill to keep thier evil master happy.
I was wary to read this novel because I wasn't sure that Alender could repeat the intensity of the first novel; however, she skillfully drew upon the elements of her first novel to create an entirely new plotline. Although it dragged in a few places (i.e. Alexis's relationship issues with Carter), the majority of the novel built suspense through folklore, urban legend, and people's worst nightmares. Very few people can write effective supernatural suspense thrillers that maintain intensity throughout a novel, let alone a series, but Alender is one of them. For instance, book two ends with so many options that her third BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE is sure to be just as unique. I cannot wait for her to write it!
*This can be a stand-alone novel.