YALSA Nominee for 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults

 "Compelling and romantic: a Jane Eyre for the modern age."
—Julie Kagawa, NYT bestselling author of The Iron King

"A breath of fresh air in a genre marked by creaky gender relations and unchallenged class stratification."
Kirkus Reviews

"Marta Acosta met my expectations and then proceeded to surpass them."
—Starting the Next Chapter

Orphaned at six, small and studious Jane Williams thinks she’s finally escaped violence and poverty when she’s offered a full scholarship to prestigious Birch Grove Academy for Girls. She’s given a cottage of her own and loves her classes and her new friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.

They are.

The longer she stays, the more Jane comes to suspect that something sinister is going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?

As Jane begins to piece together the truth, she must decide what she would risk to stay at Birch Grove...because even the brightest people make terrible mistakes when they’re offered everything they’ve always desired

NOTE TO READERS: This book contains some disturbing scenes because the exploitation of a young person is disturbing. Read Behind the Scenes to learn more about the book.

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"A heroine worthy of any Brontë novel.”
—Kady Cross, USA Today bestselling author of The Steampunk Chronicles

“Dark secrets, hidden mysteries, disquieting realities, passion and romance."
Love Vampires

"A Gothic atmosphere, Jane Eyre, a sweet romance, and feminism. I loved it!"
 —The Book Smugglers

"A deliciously dark Gothic delight."
Alpha Reader

"Acosta’s writing is rich and exacting in delivering a beautifully dark gothic."
Alice, Marvels

"A breathtaking, beautiful novel that should not be missed.”
Enchanted by Books