Prep School for Serial Killers by Tara Platt

In a war-ravaged future, a boarding school cloisters and trains sociopathic children.

When top student, sixteen-year-old Anathema Blight, finds a graduate’s hidden journal, she wonders if they’re simply students, or pawns in a much more dangerous game…and the final exam will be MURDER


I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.


I’m a sucker for morally gray murder-y characters so the title alone had me intrigued. We follow Anathema Blight, current student at a boarding school that, as the title suggests, trains its students for murder. In the backdrop, multiple Great Wars have ravaged the earth and in attempts to heal their people the government has put various chemicals in the water, which has the unfortunate side effect of turning the children into psychopaths. As expected, I really enjoyed the school aspects. It was fun to see Anathema attend various classes and be taught the different arts of killing. Platt got quite creative with this aspect and it was very fun to read. What lost me, however, was the larger plotline with the headmaster Hunting and government secrets. I felt like the epiphanies Anathema experienced throughout the stories and the choices she eventually made felt undeserved, that there wasn’t enough depth to her character and decision to really sell me on the character. Overall, I rate this book a 3/5. The murder-y bits were fun and interesting but the overarching plot felt rushed and underdeveloped.

r/Fantasy 2022-23 Bingo Squares:

  • Standalone
  • Anti-Hero (hard mode)
  • Revolutions and Rebellions
  • Published in 2022
  • Features Mental Health
  • Title sans: the, a/an, and, or, of, if, but

Publication Date: 6 September 2022
Publisher: BooksGoSocial
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: N/A
Word Count: ~88,000
ISBN: 9780984074075
Buy It Here: Amazon | Goodreads

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