Killing November (Killing November #1) by Adriana Mather @AdrianaMather @KnopfBFYR #bookreview #YA #thriller

Title: Killing November

Author: Adriana Mather

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

Page Count: 411

My rating:   4 stars

About the book:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch comes a thriller set at a secretive boarding school where students are trained to carry on family legacies that have built–and toppled–empires. 

November is trapped.

At the mysterious Academy Absconditi, a school that’s completely off the grid, there’s no electricity, no internet, and a brutal eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes include everything from knife-throwing and poisons to the art of deception. And the other students? All children of the world’s most elite strategists, in training to become assassins, spies, and master manipulators. November Adley doesn’t know why she’s been sent to this place, or the secrets that make up its legacy, but she’ll quickly discover that allies are few in a school where competition is everything. When another student is murdered, all eyes turn to November, who must figure out exactly how she fits in before she is found guilty of the crime…or becomes the killer’s next victim.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Adriana Mather comes a captivating thriller that will leave you breathless.


Killing November by Adriana Mather is the  first book of the young adult thriller series by the same name. This opening book of the series certainly set up a creepy atmospheric setting dropping the main character into a boarding school in an old castle in the opening pages.

November Adley had reluctantly agreed to go away to school for a  few weeks when her father proposed the idea to keep her safe while dealing with some issues at home. Waking up in the strange location with no memory after the plane leaves November questioning what she had agreed to.

The  rules at the mysterious Academy Absconditi certainly raise a few questions too as November is told about the eye for an eye system and told to keep her identity secret. Things certainly don’t kook up any when November joins the other students and not only stumbles across a dead body but needs to dodge attempts on her own life.

Well, Killing November by Adriana Mather certainly took an often used setting of a boarding school to a whole new level. This secret school was the home to an even more secretive society with whom family feuds had spanned decades and the kids here learn way more than a normal curriculum. A rather dark and eerie teen action thriller this one was hard to put down.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

In addition to her novels How to Hang a Witch and Haunting the Deep, Adriana Mather is also a full-time producer and actor. She owns a production company called Zombot Pictures, which has produced the award-winning Honeyglue, among other films. She lives in Massachusetts with her family. Follow her at @AdrianaMather or @adrianamatherauthor.

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