When sixteen-year-old Gwen’s sister returns from the Delphi School for Girls an eldritch, hollow husk, Gwen is desperate to reverse whatever sapped her sister’s soul. She manipulates her way into the Antarctic subterranean school for “troubled” girls filled with books written in blood and classmates brimming with magic. As she uncovers the truth, ghosts haunting the halls violently lash out; Gwen must find the strength to solve her sister’s mystery and save her first-ever friends… before the ghosts kill them all. WILDER GIRLS + A DEADLY EDUCATION
New York, 1893
The brass handle taunts me, gleaming gold inlaid with an elaborate ‘D’ like a handcuff. Father had them installed throughout our home, insisting if we moved from our spacious eastside townhouse to the fashionable condominium in the Dakota, which loomed over Central Park like a specter, he wanted to brand it with a D for Donovan.
His name. Mother’s name. My name. And Izzy’s name—at least, for another hour. Until she becomes Mrs. Astor Wallingford—the wife of a man, rather than her own, individual person. She will be someone entirely new.
Because when she returned from finishing school ten weeks ago, after four years without any word from her, she’d turned from Dizzy Izzy to Miss Isolde. Worse, she was a husk of her former self. She used to be mischief and late-night talks in the moonlight. Fierce and spirited, her moods were fire and ice. But something had poisoned her heart and left the rot to fester. What remained was tepid and irritable.
My desire to grab that brass handle where it twists at the D like an exotic snake’s rattle, yank open the gilded door, and run is strong. Time is running out. I must find Izzy, and keep her from making the biggest mistake of her life.