This story starts off with the Dorking Drama Group who are making a play everything is going well until gruesome accidents start happening but the group ignores it until a prop falls down and kills someone. The police do a investigation but conclude that it was a accident so the play goes on, but everybody is convinced it was foul play and everyone in the drama group is a suspect. The cast members start investigating the murder by themselves and everybody starts turning against each other. In the end two cast members named Steve and Claire find out the murder is Claire because they themselves were attacked by her but they identified her. Emma was a jealous cast member who loved Steve but Claire was Steve?s girlfriend, Steve always treated her like a sister but she wanted more than that and went to great lengths to achieve.
Steve was a popular good looking guy who all the girls liked. He didn?t like school that much expect the Dorking Drama Club where he acted in the play, he had a sister and Steve was very careful to trust anyone during all the murder.
Emma was very fond of Steve but because she was Steve?s sister?s friend for so long Steve treated her as a sister, which she didn?t like. Emma became so fond of Steve that she start doing all these gruesome things and in the end she went to a mental hospital. Emma liked to be in the play a lot and she was said to have a very over active imagination.
The setting was in a small quiet town called Dorking, the play took in a high school drama room. The setting brings people together (the drama group) which brings conflicts. The town was described to bring a spooky setting to the novel.
The theme of this novel is that we shouldn?t trust everybody we know no matter how close they are. In the novel the murder is found to be a very close friend to everyone. Everyone should be considered a suspect. This book was written is for to show the great lengths that some people will go to for love.
The Dorking Drama club is getting ready for a play and everybody is joking around and acting calm. When they are rehearsing and somebody opens a prop they scream and find there is a dead cat in the box, everyone wonders who is capable of doing such a thing like this.
Everyone is at school and can?t wait to get to the Drama room, they start rehearsals with the incident of the cat still on their minds. After a while a big prop falls from the ceiling and everyone runs for their lives they look under the prop and there is Richard lying later pronounced dead.
The play is halted and the police begin their investigation, who conclude that the death was accidental. Everyone in the play thinks it was murder because the ropes holding the props was double checked, all the members want the play to start again because they say that the Dorking Drama Group would be the last thing that Richard would wanted to see close.
Everybody is suspecting each other as a murder, Steve even suspects his sister, Richard was Steve?s best friend and Steve wanted the person who did this. Emma finds out that Steve is going out with Claire and she becomes very Jealous.
Emma is very disturbed and her mom is thinking of divorcing again and Emma is starting to look very sleepy and doesn?t participate in the play as much. The cast members start thinking that Becky killed Richard.
Emma tries to poison the coffee and she pretended to get startled and spills her coffee all over the place so no one notices that she didn?t drink the coffee intentionally, but her plan doesn?t work nobody drinks the coffee because it had a rotten smell to it. People start thinking that Hazel poisoned the drinks but Steve sticks up for her.
The police start investigating again because of these recent events. Later on Claire and Suzanne get stuck in a smoke filled room because somebody set a fire there, they start screaming and the door is broken down but they are both shaken up.
The parents of the students start worrying and think that the drama group should be shut down. The police advance in their investigation and go to all the members houses and question. The members get worried and their parents turn against them.
The members of the drama group have a meeting at Steve?s house, the objective was to talk about the group continuing or not. During the meeting Steve asked everyone to take out a piece of paper and if they were guilty of doing these crimes put a “X” and if the person was innocent they put a check mark, one the papers came back with a skull on it meaning that among them was a murder who was pretending to be shocked.
Claire and Steve spend two hours discussing the case with the police, Claire looked very nervous and guilty. The group was amazed to see the policewomen sitting in the audience in plain clothes.
Everybody starts suspecting Lynne of doing the murders and Steve, Suzanne and Emma they arrange a meeting with her thinking she?ll break down and confess, they make a plan to meet her in the rehearsal hall in the night by sneaking through the window. Emma tells Steven and Suzanne that she called Lynne and that she agreed but Emma didn?t call Lynne she was luring Steve and Suzanne into a trap.
Suzanne and Emma got their before Steve and the whole building was dark they called for Lynne but there was no answer Emma acted like she was frightened, all of a sudden Suzanne was hit behind with a metal rod between her shoulder blades she fell to the ground and her bone cracking. Emma confided to Suzanne that she really hated her for years and that she was only friends with her to be friends with Steve, Suzanne couldn?t believe it was her best friend who was going to kill her now.
Suzanne pleaded for her life and screamed but Emma just laughed, just then Claire walked onto the stage and Emma told her to stay where she was, Emma started to talk about her hard life she had with her parents divorcing and everything. Claire tried to talk her out of it but it didn?t work Emma said that Suzanne would die first because she had suck an easy life.
Suzanne was now unconscious and Emma started to wave a knife around, Emma and Claire had a struggle over the knife and Claire got stabbed in the arm, just then Steve walks in and Emma dropped to the ground Steve started talking to her that how he liked her and didn?t really like Claire and his sister. Emma started crying and fell into Steven?s arms and Steve?s friend Staurt went and called the police.
When the police arrived Emma was still in Steve?s arms, and when the police tried to get her off she wouldn?t let go. Suzanne was taken to a hospital and Steve told Claire Emma to forget all her problems, and for once since this all started she did.
I liked this book because it keeps you on the edge of your seat and you can try to solve the murder like the characters in the book. I would give this book on a scale on 10 a 8 ?. I like murder mysteries and this one was right up there.