Cover image for The spite game / Anna Snoekstra.
The spite game / Anna Snoekstra.
Publication Information:
Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA, [2018]

Physical Description:
311 pages ; 21 cm


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Everyone does bad things when no one is watching

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 fiancé. 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.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

One night in 2008, high school senior Ava, the narrator of this entertaining if flawed thriller from Australian author Snoekstra (Little Secrets), wakes up in her bedroom in a Melbourne suburb to find a man standing over her bed with a baseball bat. The intruder leaves without harming her, but the police fail to apprehend him. The incident fundamentally changes Ava: "Something wrong had happened, and no one even seemed to even expect for it to be put right except me." In the aftermath, whenever Ava witnesses an injustice, she believes if she doesn't make things right, no one will. When Ava sees a teacher make a pass at Melissa Moore, one of her classmates, she exposes him. She and Mel become instant friends, or so it seems. But soon Mel and her spiteful group of friends violate Ava's trust and bully her maliciously. In the years that follow, desperate to feel a sense of peace again, Ava stalks each of them, obsessed with enacting her own form of justice. Some unbelievable moments won't stop readers from turning the pages. Agent: MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Fraser-Bub Literary. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.