By Midnight: Ravenwood Mystery #1 by Mia James

by |August 12, 2010

April Dunne is not impressed. She’s had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She’s left her friends – and her life – behind.

She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she’s stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn’t even have mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, the new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted pupils, run by a mysterious educational trust. With her sports scholarship, the fees aren’t a problem …but trying to fit in is when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is.

It’s intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson – and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous Gabriel Swift. But there’s more going on at Ravenhood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from …something …at the Highgate Cemetary, and rumours of students going missing start to circulate, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on…and whether or not she’s going to live through it …

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