The Swallows: An Overview

Coming August 2019

A teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war—with deadly consequences—in a dark and provocative novel by the author of The Passenger.

When Alex Witt joins the faculty at Stonebridge Academy, she's hoping to put a painful past behind her. Then one of her creative-writing assignments generates some disturbing responses from students. Before long, Alex is immersed in an investigation of the students atop the school's social hierarchy—and their connection to something called the Darkroom.

She soon inspires the girls who've started to question the school's "boys will be boys" attitude to incite a resistance. But just as the movement is gaining momentum, Alex attracts the attention of an unknown enemy who knows a little too much about her—and what brought her to Stonebridge in the first place.

Lisa Lutz's blistering, timely tale of revenge and disruption shows us what can happen when silence wins out over decency for too long—and why the scariest threat of all might be the idea that sooner or later, girls will be girls.

“Suspenseful and funny and utterly riveting.” (New York Times bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen)

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