Review: The Spite Game
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.
This book had me hooked! I had to read it in one sitting, there was no way I could put it down. From the first page to the last, I absolutely loved it and couldn't stop turning the pages in anticipation of finding out more about Ava and what was going on in her head. The transitions between the past and present were seamless and easy to follow and really made me appreciate her current psychotic self after learning and understanding what she went through. What she did to all of them was horrible but justified by being in her head and discovering her struggles and feelings of being bullied and never fully recovering from it. And the ending....I mean, it could only really end in one way couldn't it? As horrible it may have been, I'm happy she got her (sorta) happy ending, although I do feel like she will definitely be haunted at Lakeside by a certain someone.
Thank you for this incredible read!
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.