They’re Watching You by Chelsea Ichaso #BookReview @SourcebooksFire #TheyreWatchingYou @chelseaichaso #NetGalley #Teen #YA #Thriller #Mystery

Pub Date 03 Jan 2023
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Mystery & Thrillers | Teens & YA


When a secret society has you in their sights, it can lead to power, privilege… or death.

It’s been two weeks since Polly St. James went missing. The police, the headmistress of Torrey-Wells Academy, and even her parents have ruled her a runaway. But not Maren, her best friend and roommate. She knows Polly had a secret that she was about to share with Maren before she disappeared— something to do with the elite, ultra-rich crowd at Torrey-Wells.

Then Maren finds an envelope hidden among Polly’s things: an invitation to the Gamemaster’s Society. Do not tell anyone, it says. Maren is certain her classmates in the Society know the truth about what happened to Polly, though it’s no easy feat to join. Once Maren’s made it through the treacherous initiation, she discovers a world she never knew existed within her school, where Society members compete in high-stakes games for unheard-of rewards—Ivy League connections, privileges, favors.

But Maren’s been drawn into a different game: for every win, she’ll receive a clue about Polly. And as Maren keeps winning, she begins to see just how powerful the Society’s game is—bigger and deadlier than she ever imagined. They see, they know, they control. And they kill.

Adele’s Review:

This reviewer occasionally likes to review a Teen/YA novel, so when the opportunity came to read They’re Watching You I decided to give the book a try. The thriller is filled with everything you remember about high school and beyond–angst, peer pressure, self-doubt and achievement anxiety–multiplied by infinity when the frightening demands of a secret society are plunged into the mix. The characters face challenges of loyalty, betrayal, budding romance, survival, and success or failure. The novel is fast paced and filled with twists and turns that keep the story moving until the last page.

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