Katherine Easer, May 2011. Psychotic besties – one of my favorite types of conflict! In this rather melodramatic psychological thriller, Sarah starts her freshman year at Wetherly College and discovers that her beautiful roommate Maddy is obsessed with death. Maddy’s best friend Agnes is obsessed with, well, Maddy, in creepy and manipulative ways that Agnes gets away with for reasons Sarah can’t understand. Soon the three girls have moved off-campus, where their isolation from anyone besides each other deepens the weird behavior Sarah sees. She knows Maddy and Agnes are lying to her, but she has secrets of her own that she wants to keep buried, so she gets in deeper and deeper. The end is tragic in a sort of operatic way. There’s not much substance here, but it’s totally fun and a page-turner.
The gay part is that Agnes seems to have a crush on Maddy, although she denies it, but…well, it’s layered, like everything about these characters’ relationships. You’ll see.