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C. J. Daugherty

C.J. DaughertyC. J. Daugherty
Former crime reporter CJ Daugherty is the author of the international best-selling Night School series. After graduating from university in Texas, CJ worked as a newspaper journalist in American cities including Savannah and New Orleans. She won numerous awards for her reporting, particularly her investigative journalism into corruption and crime. After moving to England, she wrote books about travel in Ireland and Paris for publishers including Time Out and Frommers. For a while she also worked as a communications consultant for the Home Office, specialising in counter-terrorism. Her Night School series has been translated into 22 languages, and has been a number one bestseller in multiple countries. She has also co-written a series, The Secret Fire, with French author Carina Rozenfeld.


  • NIGHT SCHOOL (Atom, January 2012)
  • LEGACY (Atom, January 2013)
  • FRACTURE (Atom, August 2013)
  • RESISTANCE (Atom, June 2014)
  • ENDGAME (Atom, June 2015)
  • THE SECRET FIRE (Atom, September 2015) with Carina Rozenfeld

    12576579NIGHT SCHOOL by C.J. Daugherty

    Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested.


    This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends.

    But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.

    When she’s attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.

    And that she is not who she thought she was. (more)

    “A smart, engaging heroine and gripping, suspenseful plot.”— Kirkus Reviews

    15757366LEGACY (NIGHT SCHOOL #2) by C.J. Daugherty

    In the last year, Allie’s survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It’s the one place she’s felt she belongs. And the fact that it’s brought dark-eyed Carter West into her life hasn’t hurt either. But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could have imagined. The students and faculty are under threat, and Allie’s family – from her mysterious grandmother to her runaway brother – are at the centre of the storm. Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart… (more)

    “An exciting, action-packed sequel.” — Fluttering Butterflies

    17345616FRACTURE (NIGHT SCHOOL #3) by C.J. Daugherty

    Devastated by the loss of her friend and under constant threat from an unknown spy at Cimmeria Academy, Allie Sheridan is finding it hard to cope.

    In Fracture, the third book in the Night School series, she’s not the only one losing it – everything is falling apart. And when Nathaniel begins to reveal his game plan, Isabelle starts to lose control.

    As the school slides into a deadly morass of paranoia and suspicion, everyone is guilty until proved innocent. Anyone can be held without proof, and convicted without a trial. No one is safe.

    This time Nathaniel doesn’t need to hurt them. This time they’re hurting themselves. (more)

    “I would recommend this book to everyone, it has quickly become one of my favourite series.” — Sophie Reads YA

    17930383RESISTANCE (NIGHT SCHOOL #4) by C.J. Daugherty

    After months on the run, Allie returns to Cimmeria Academy to find the school in turmoil. The atmosphere is thick with danger. Overshadowing it all is Nathaniel. He is close – very close – to getting everything he wants.

    A secret civil war is tearing the British political elite apart. And Allie’s family is in the thick of it. Both sides want her. She knows Nathaniel will take her by any means necessary. But she is determined to fight him to the end. (more)

    “If you’re a fan of dark, mind boggling conspiracies, topped of with sizzling romance and the most agonising plot twists…. this is the book for you.” — Book Blog Buzz

    B-2DNK5WwAAMTA0ENDGAME (NIGHT SCHOOL #5) by C.J. Daugherty

    Broken. Scattered. But not defeated.

    The spy is gone but the cost has been high – the rebels at Cimmeria Academy have lost their leader and Carter West is missing. Nathaniel can taste victory. But Allie and the other survivors aren’t done yet. First they have to get Carter back. Then they plan to make Nathaniel pay.

    One way or another – the game must end. Endgame is the thrilling fifth and final book in the internationally bestselling Night School series. (more)

    “The perfect blend of suspense and romance.” — Sophie McKenzie, author of Girl, Missing

    22911719THE SECRET FIRE by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

    French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

    Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha. (more)

    “Brilliant premise, stunning world-building, killer characters and dialogue. You need to get excited about this book. It’s like a book version of the really good episodes of Buffy.” — Holly Bourne, author of Soulmates



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