Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: The Spite Game

Author: Anna Snoekstra
Started reading: October 11th 2018
Finished the book: October 16th 2018
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Psychological Thriller
To be Published: October 30th 2018
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.59
My score:
Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t—not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.

First, she watches Saanvi. Flawlessly chic and working hard at a top architectural firm, Saanvi has it all together on the surface. But everyone does bad things when they think no one is watching and Ava only wants what’s fair—to destroy Saanvi’s life the way her own was destroyed.
Next, she watches Cass. She’s there as Cass tries on wedding dresses, she’s there when Cass picks out a cake, she’s there when Cass betrays her fiancĂ©. She’s the reason Cass’s entire future comes crashing down.
Finally, Ava watches Mel. Mel was always the ringleader and if anyone has to pay, it’s her. But one tiny slipup and Ava realizes the truth: Mel knows she’s being watched, and she’s ready to play Ava’s games to the bitter end.

My thoughts
I was so excited when I saw that I was able to read this book on Netgalley. I've seen a couple of good review for this book and I have got to tell you: I haven't been addicted to a book like this in a while. I couldn't stop reading and I've read it waaaay past my bedtime!

  • Kept reading: I couldn't stop reading this book. I was so curious about what was to come next and I always felt so sad if I had to put the book away. I was a little bit in a reading slump since August, but I think I crawled out thanks to this book!
  • Languages: There's French in this book, but also DUTCH! It was so cool to see it in a book that's written in English. I'm so curious where the author picked it up and where she had it checked.
  • Wanted to know: I was SO CURIOUS what had happened, since Ava is confessing something in this book. The book really keeps you guessing 'till the end; you get to know more in the final chapter of the book. I was eager to know what was next to come and how the story would evolve. I've seen some reviews that say this book is all over the place, but I didn't feel like that at all. I liked the way it switched back and forth between the then and the now.
  • Mixed emotions: I had such mixed emotions while reading this book. I always feel awful when someone is being bullied. I felt sad, angry and ashamed about what people do to each other in this book. I would never do what Ava did, but in some way I could also understand how she felt. It's clear from the beginning of the book, that Ava is not afraid to do things that I would never do, so that heightened the tension for me.

This is a book about bullying, about revenge, friendship and doing whatever it takes to be part of a group. The urge to get to know what happened was so high and that made me rush through the book. If you're a fan of a good psychological thriller, you should pick this up! 

Memorable quotes from this book
"But even if everyone wants you to be invisible, even if you want it too, that doesn't make it happen."

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