by Gledé Browne Kabongo
Synopsis: A desperate act, an explosive secret, and a diabolical enemy—all part of a treacherous game, with no limits.
Overachieving good girl Abbie Cooper has her future all planned out. As senior year at her elite private school kicks off, she has one simple goal: get into the Ivy League. But at St. Matthews Academy, nothing is ever simple. The pressure is overwhelming, the secrets are dirty, and the games are wicked. Abbie has a dirty secret—one that could destroy her chances of getting admitted into Princeton, and the lives of those closest to her.
One morning, she discovers a note in her locker with the warning, “I know what you did”. Then a photo arrives in the mail. It captures her most shameful deed—the shocking blunder she can never erase, in glorious detail. Someone is out to ruin her, but who and why? The answer lies with the sender of the photo, a mysterious girl known only as The Avenger. For a price, she assures Abbie her secret will remain safe. There’s only one problem: The Avenger may not exist at all. If Abbie doesn’t uncover her true identity before acceptance decisions are made, it’s game over…
Rating and Review: 3.5 stars
Abbie Cooper is an overachieving good-two-shoes who has her life planned down to the millisecond, that is until she receives a note in her locker that threatens to reveal her deepest secret. This book is a fast-paced YA novel that many will enjoy if they are fans of the ever-popular, Pretty Little Liars series or Kate Brian's Private series.
Abbie is supposed to have her life in order, but she can't stay away from the charming-but-bad-for-you guy, Christian. He was the type Abbie stayed away from completely, but she can't, for some reason, stay away from Christian. I liked their romance. It was slow and I could tell that they balanced each other out pretty well. The same thing goes for Abbie's friends. They all seemed like they fit together.
I didn't really care for the ending because the "Avenger" was hardly mentioned in the book. It would have been a real shocker if it were someone much closer to Abbie. It wasn't much of a psychological thriller. I was never scared for the girls in the book and there were times where the story seemed predictable, probably because I write these kinds of stories too, but it was still worth reading nonetheless. I would recommend these books to anyone who is looking for a suspenseful and quick read!
Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the Amazon Bestselling Author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and discussing them with neighbors before Book Clubs became popular.
She holds both an M.S. and B.A. in communications, and worked as a freelance news reporter right out of college. After she abandoned the dream of winning the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Boston Globe, she jumped into marketing management for over a decade. Gledé lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
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