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.
“You do realize you’re going straight to detention,” I say to my lab partner Gavin Holt. He’s wearing a white button-down shirt adorned with his signature bow-tie – all the boys wear ties. It’s a requirement, though Gavin is the only guy on campus who insists on the bow variety.
* Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided. *
solid, good read:
They’re Watching You is such a quick read. It may be a little cliché, a little simple, but it’s twisty and intense, and I really enjoyed it.
This is one of those books that unravels if you look a little too closely. I’m choosing to appreciate how quickly I was drawn in and how fun I found the story. Because if you start to think about how small a scale this intense, powerful cult seems to work, or how the entire concept doesn’t really make sense, it ruins what is an enjoyable read.
I liked the push and pull between Gavin and Remington – I honestly flip-flopped so many times until the reveal. Ichaso did such a great job burying the lead, and I could not tell who was being honest and who was playing Maren. In the end, the romance moved a little faster than really made sense, but it doesn’t take away from the story.
I would recommend They’re Watching You as a fun thriller. As it comes out in January, it would probably make a good beach read for those of you who live in the southern hemisphere like I do. Or, I guess, a cozy fireplace read if you live somewhere cold this January.