Things were certainly looking up for Katie her senior year at the private boarding school, Whitney. Her boyfriend is gorgeous, sweet, and a star hockey player for the school. She has a wonderful best friend, Tessa, who has been with her since she first started at Whitney as a scared little freshman still trying to get over the loss of her father. Katie’s mother wasn’t really much help after her father died and finally decided that Katie going to Whitney would be good for both of them.
It is clear from the start that Katie’s friend, Tessa, doesn’t think that Mark is good enough for her and is just using her. For what, Katie can’t figure out. She is a nobody compared to Mark. Still, she has been close to Tessa for years now, and counts on her, so she tries not to make too many waves between the two of them.
The only things marring her happiness are the creepy nightmares that started a few months ago, where she keeps hearing her name in an erie tone, and also keeps smelling and seeing roses. It doesn’t make any sense to her.
Then one night and one party change everything. Mark is photographed looking to all the world like he’s cheating on Katie,with a girl who has a rose tattoo on her hand. While Katie struggles to decide if Mark is innocent and just the victim of a set up, she has a box delivered to her. A box that contains the hand of the girl in the picture. A hand the clearly came off after she was dead.
Very Bad Things by Susan McBride will have you wondering who is the innocent party and who might have more secrets than they are telling, or ever plan to tell.
Recommended for 8th grade and up.