by Suzanne Forster

August 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2201-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Over twenty years ago Millicent Rowe, headmistress of Rowe Academy was murdered. William Broud went to death row accused of the ghastly crime. Today he has been exonerated and walks out of prison a free man. It's ironic that just when heís set to mend fences with his estranged brother he too is murdered, and in the same manner as Ms. Rowe. Is a killer still at large, or is it a copy cat crime?

Who has the most at stake in keeping the true identity of the killer of Ms. Rowe a secret? Ms. Forster has given readers an impressive list of suspects each with a motive, and each with an opportunity. Was the perfect crime committed?

The suspects include: Mattie Smith, a judge, Breeze Wheeler an entrepreneur, and Jane Mantle, the current first lady of the United States. When the three were teenagers they attended Rowe Academy on scholarships. They were known as The Grace Scholarship Girls, but more commonly referred to as The Lonely Girls.

They felt they only had one another for support, and when a fourth member of their group commits suicide the bond between them becomes even stronger. There is nothing the girls wonít do for one another, and as they have grown and gone on to lead separate lives that bond remains strong.

With the release and murder of William Broud they feel itís up to them to protect their names, and prove they didnít murder Ms. Rowe. The question now becomes who can they trust, and who is so desperate as to continue a killing spree, that leads back to them as prime suspects.

From page one Ms. Forster will have you glued to the edge of your seat. I was intrigued by the various plot twists and impressed with the way that Ms. Forster managed to twine them altogether, and keep them coherent. The Lonely Girls Club used a combination of flashbacks and modern day, and while this can get confusing it was done so smoothly that unless you were reading chapter headings you might not realize until you were into the chapter that you werenít in the same time frame.

The Lonely Girls Club was my first read by Suzanne Forster. I have noticed she has a backlist, and now Iím again going to have to find some extra reading time to add another author to my repertoire of authors to watch.

Reviewed in October 2005 by Sandi.

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