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At a prestigious girl’s school, a student has died. Itsumi was the most beautiful, charismatic, and popular girl at St. Mary’s Academy for Girls. She was also the president of the exclusive and tight-knit Literature Club. One week after her death, the members of her beloved club gather in her memory. But as they each testify to what happened in the days leading up to the tragic event, their accusations turn shocking—Why, and how, did Itsumi really die?In this glittering and gripping murder mystery, everyone has their own motivations and version of the truth. In its portrayal of the alliances, treacheries, and invisible tensions between friends and frenemies, The Dark Maidens keeps readers guessing and shows that what is sweet can just as easily be poisonous. Author RIKAKO AKIYOSHI studied literature at Waseda University and received her Master’s degree in Film and TV Production from Loyola Marymount University. Her debut work Snow Flower won the Yahoo! JAPAN literature prize and was adapted into a short film. She is the author of several works of fiction. The Dark Maidens has also been adapted into a movie.