For Lizzie Riley, switching her eight-year-old son Tom to the local academy school marks a fresh start, post-divorce. With its excellent reputation and outstanding results, Lizzie knows it’ll be a safe space away from home. But there’s something strange happening at school. Parents are forbidden from entering the grounds and inside, there are bars across the classroom windows. Why is Tom coming home exhausted, unable to remember anything about his day? What are the strange marks on his arm? And when Lizzie tries to question the other children, why do they seem afraid to talk?
I saw a review of this book a few months ago and I was really intrigued by the blurb. I found the story really compelling and easy to get into. The school was so interesting to me. I was trying the whole way to try and figure out what was going on. I was kind of disappointed that the school didn’t really have a role in the main story in the end. It was the whole focus of the book so it was disappointing that it was slightly shoved to a secondary story at the end. I did enjoy the whole book. The characters were easy to connect with and I felt connected to them which is always a good sign in a book. It was an easy read and I would definitely recommend it.