Book List: Secret Societies

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Frankie’s new boyfriend is part of a secret society. A secret society that not only takes her boyfriend away from her, but is also behind the feminist times. It’s all male. Happily male. There’s prestige, social politics, pranks and intrigue. What is so compelling about Frankie is that she’s not perfect. She’s just as flawed as the characters around her, occasionally more so.

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Alex was date raped. Her school, Themis Academy, trust their students to, in essence, police themselves. When the student body turns a blind eye, Alex takes matters into her own hands. A secret society called The Mockingbirds are dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow classmates. What unfolds questions the ideas of justice, and right and wrong.

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Secret History by Donna Tartt

Our protagonist, Richard, begins this tale by looking back to his college days and the murder in the woods that changed everything. He and his friends are snobs. Ancient Greece reading, cravat wearing, scotch drinking snobs. The circle of friends are integral to each other, and when the harmony is threatened by one of their own there isn’t anything they wouldn’t do to save it. Including murder.


An Ivy League Novel by Diana Peterfreund

Before Peterfreund was writing about murderous unicorns and virgin hunters, she was writing about deception and secret societies. Invited into Rose & Grave, Amy never expected the dazzling life she entered was based on deceit and crime. What was interesting about Secret Society Girl is that female members, like Amy, had only recently been allowed into the society. Before this it was a haven for men. The atagonism and dynamics with the now co-ed society is what makes this book stand out.

More in the list:

The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams

The Billionaire Series by Richard Newsome

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

The Giver by Lois Lowry


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