Beautiful but wild teen Nica Baker is found dead, raped and shot in a graveyard just off campus from her prestigious Connecticut boarding school. In her wake, she leaves a family in chaos. Her mother leaves and abandons them to pursue further academic and artistic achievement, her father descends into alcoholism, and her older sister Grace slips hard into drug addiction. But while Grace manages to get clean after blacking out on pills and waking up in a strange bed, a surprise pregnancy from the night derails her life. She drops out of college, moves back home, and rededicates herself to solving her sister’s murder.
It’s a story you’ve probably seen a thousand times: A young woman lives fast, dies young, leaves a beautiful corpse. What Lili Anolik offers in Dark Rooms focuses less on