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25 Dark Academia Books to Read

" Suspense and horror novels set in schools seem to be trendy these days. I hated every single second of school from kindergarten to graduate school so I'm on board. I totally buy the idea of crime-ridden, ghost-filled, dangerous schools.
The subgenre is commonly known as dark academia. These books are usually set at a school, often a boarding school or university where students may be separated from their families for the first time. The primary character is most often a student but sometimes it is a newcomer teacher or professor. A dark mystery involving the school may be revealed and the newcomer realizes that the school isn't as idyllic as they'd been led to believe. Toxic relationships are as common as creepy old buildings in dark academia. Secret societies and ancient rituals may also appear in the genre. Dark academia books may take the form of psychological thrillers, mysteries, horror, speculative fiction, coming-of-age novels, or a combination of them" -TPL
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Ace of Spades (Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé)
Ace of Spades (Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé)
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All Girls (Emily Layden)
All Girls (Emily Layden)
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Bad Habits (Amy Gentry)
Bad Habits (Amy Gentry)
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Bunny (Mona Awad)
Bunny (Mona Awad)
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Catherine House (Elisabeth Thomas)
Catherine House (Elisabeth Thomas)
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The Divines (Ellie Eaton)
The Divines (Ellie Eaton)
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For Your Own Good (Samantha Downing)
For Your Own Good (Samantha Downing)
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Ghosts of Harvard (Francesca Serritella)
Ghosts of Harvard (Francesca Serritella)
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The Girls Are All So Nice Here (Laurie Elizabeth Flynn)
The Girls Are All So Nice Here (Laurie Elizabeth Flynn)
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Good Girls Lie (J.T. Ellison)
Good Girls Lie (J.T. Ellison)
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If We Were Villains (M L Rio)
If We Were Villains (M L Rio)
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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife (Ashley Winstead)
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife (Ashley Winstead)
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Madam (Phoebe Wynne)
Madam (Phoebe Wynne)
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The Maidens (Alex Michaelides)
The Maidens (Alex Michaelides)
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Never Saw Me Coming (Vera Kurian)
Never Saw Me Coming (Vera Kurian)
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Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo)
Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo)
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The Orchard (David Hopen)
The Orchard (David Hopen)
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Plain Bad Heroines (Emily Danforth)
Plain Bad Heroines (Emily Danforth)
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The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
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Tell Me Everything (Cambria Brockman)
Tell Me Everything (Cambria Brockman)
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The Temple House Vanishing (Rachel Donohue)
The Temple House Vanishing (Rachel Donohue)
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They Never Learn (Layne Fargo)
They Never Learn (Layne Fargo)
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The Truants (Kate Weinberg)
The Truants (Kate Weinberg)
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Trust Exercise (Susan Choi)
Trust Exercise (Susan Choi)
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We Wish You Luck (Caroline Zancan)
We Wish You Luck (Caroline Zancan)
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