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Marta Acosta

Marta Acosta has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Stanford University. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and Spaces Magazine. Marta lives with her husband and son in the San Francisco Bay Area. She likes independent films, funny novels, loud music, lively conversations, and gardening.

Dark Companion: Respectable spooky-boarding-school story

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Jane grew up as an unloved foster child in a rough neighborhood full of gangsters and pimps. Inspired by a friend’s death to excel in school, Jane has earned a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy for Girls. She sees this as a ticket out of the violence and exploitation she sees all around her, but instead she finds that there are predators among the rich as well…

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta fits comfortably in with the “dark supernatural secret at a girls’ boarding school” subgenre of novels — though the main secret isn’t technically supernatural, and it isn’t a boarding school for anyone but Jane (as the “charity” student, she’s given a cottage on the grounds to live in, while the other students live in the nearby town). Jane makes new friends among the Birch Grove girls, meets two potential love interests and, by the w... Read More

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