Very much Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars. I found it to be a really enjoyable YA read, solid storytelling, fairly believable teen characters (albeit a little one dimensional) and plot that hooks. The multiple viewpoints actually worked for me, as long as I didn’t dwell too hard on how I was privy to them. All in all, a fun summer read, and I’m a sucker for a great cover. This book took me 5.5 hours to read. 3.5 stars.
A young woman haunted by a family tragedy is caught up in a dangerous web of lies and deception involving a secret society in this highly charged, addictive psychological thriller that combines the dishy gamesmanship of Gossip Girl with the murky atmosphere of The Secret History.
One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.
Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s “it” crowd.
Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s—the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.
I was given this ACR from Edelweiss and Harper Collins Canada for my honest review.