The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra. (2018).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
After an incident in high school, Ava is badly bullied. She knows she needs to move on but she just can’t; not until she gets revenge on those who hurt her the most – Theo, Saanvi, Cass and Mel. Mel was always the ringleader and if anyone should pay, it’s her. Then Ava realises that Mel knows she’s being watched and she’s ready to play Ava’s games to the bitter end.
I liked this book but felt it didn’t live up to it’s potential. The storyline is engaging and I did feel bad for Ava when it is revealed what happened to her in high school. However, Ava felt way too dramatic and I’m not sure I really found Ava’s actions as an adult believable (although anything’s possible I guess). In saying that, it was also hard to feel sorry for the people Ava went after as they seemed so shallow so it was intriguing to follow her revenge plots. I found the only real likeable main character to be Evan – Ava’s neighbour, and friend later on. The story does jump around a little bit but it’s not hard to follow. Overall this is a fairly enjoyable psychological thriller which fans of that genre may like.