At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits.
As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild.
Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.
(This review may contain some spoilers, not that many though just some of my favourite quotes ;D)
I give it - 5/5
My review - How do you write a review for one of the best books you have ever read?
I can't put into words how much I enjoyed this story.
In this book we meet Tash, she is currently at a boarding school which has a story about the Beast of Bathory who only comes out round winter and kills. Tash is looking forward to going home for Christmas until her brother goes missing and her parents have to fly out to where he went missing to help with the search and she has to stay at the school for the holiday with some other students and the Matron.
Tash was a fantastic character, she was always trying to do her best, to do everything she could to become head girl with the thoughts of her missing brother always on her mind and the cute boy who works in town she sometimes sees.
She thinks Christmas at the school will be boring as she is stuck with Maggie, her friend (who I thought was the funniest person ever in this book, she was my favourite) Regan, a quite girl who believed in the monster, Dianna a girl who was also trying to get Head Girl, Clarice, a prefect who was also a very horrible bully and Tabby, she was a pup, that's what they call the new students at the school. The girls don't really get on but when Matron suddenly goes missing they have to work together to stay alive.
I really enjoyed each of the characters as they where all different and clashed sometimes but it made the story more interesting.
I won't go into too much about the beast or the killings that was happening around the area as I don't want to give it away but I suggest you give this book a read as it will blow your mind.
I was near the end when this big twist just came out and surprised me! I was so not expecting it and I was gobsmacked. I love when a story takes a turn you don't expect so I really enjoyed that.
Maggie was my favourite character. She had me laughing a lot throughout the book, even when times where tough she tried and make a joke, one of my favourite quotes from her was, 'Wake up and smell the erection.' I couldn't stop laughing at that.
This story was so brilliant. This was the first book I have read from C.J but it will not be the last. She is a fantastic author who knows how to draw the reader in with her writing and enjoy every second of it.