When young New York City ballerina Nia Washington is sidelined by a broken heart and a bruised Achilles tendon, she escapes to an easy teaching gig at a posh upstate boarding school to heal.
But when she discovers the body of a murdered student, she also discovers the dark side of this beautiful lakeside campus.
Drawn into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a ruthless killer,
Nia must use her street-smarts to protect her dancers, save a wrongfully accused pupil, rescue the man she loves, and identify the murderer before she becomes the next victim.
It’s a fight to the finale—one dark turn at a time.
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (November 10, 2015)
"Ballet. An academic setting (a boarding school, to be precise!). A PoC main character. And a murder mystery. This novel rang so many of my bells, it’s not surprising that I loved it. Holahan writes the main character, Nia Washington, so well. A talented ballerina taking a year off because of injury, Nia is smart, capable, and entirely engaging. The book has a dark, sinister atmosphere that will suck you in completely, and you won’t be sure who you can trust as the story races through twists and turns. It’s one I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end, and will be recommending to everyone I know."--BookRiot
"Holahan nails the preppy ambience, the cliques, the conspicuous consumption, and the coltish beauties such as golden girl Aubrey Byrne... [in] this Black Swan pas de deux with Tartt’s The Secret History.”
"In this twisting danse macabre of jealousy, obsession, vanity, and revenge, Cate Holahan gives more than a superb debut performance. Dark Turns provides a master class in murder."
-- Jan Coffey, USA Today bestselling author of Trust Me Once
"Journalist Holahan’s debut will appeal to fans of precocious teen conspiracies like Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series, as well as to fans of grown-up, plucky-heroine-must-fight-for-herself thrillers." --Booklist
"A simply riveting read from beginning to end, "Dark Turns" aptly demonstrates the impressive storytelling talents of author Cate Holahan. Very highly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections" -- Midwest Book Review
"Cate Holahan's debut novel, Dark Turns, reads like a mash-up of Black Swan and a particularly juicy episode of Gossip Girl."
-- Charles Dubow, IndieBound bestselling author of Indiscretion
"An impressively well crafted murder mystery, "Dark Turns" reveals author Cate Holahan's total mastery of the genre. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "Dark Turns" is also available in a Kindle edition." --Clint Travis, Reviewer, Midwest Book Review