Angela’s parents think she’s on the road to ruin because she’s dating a “bad boy.” After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate “dangerous girls.” But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that recovery is only on the agenda for the “better” girls. The other girls — designated as “the purple thread” — will instead be manipulated to become more and more dangerous . . . and more and more reliant on Hidden Oak’s care.
I read this two months ago and am still not completely sure how I feel about it. I’m pretty sure I didn’t really like it, but I held off on writing about it to consider it a bit. It is scary – not in a ghost story way but because of how the girls are treated and how they treat each other. There is a bit of back story about the school where students once died (I think in a fire), which gives it a creepy factor. Yet when girls begin to disappear, you know it has something to do with the people who run the school, not due to any supernatural element. The plot gets messy though, and does not always make sense. I had a hard time believing that the school could really get away with how they treated the girls, that not one parent would take issue. None of the characters are developed well or memorable.
One might enjoy reading it for the plot, but I don’t think I’ll recommend it much.