They’re Watching You

Sourcebooks/Fire. Jan. 2023. 384p. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781728251066.
Gr 9 Up–Maren Montgomery’s best friend, Poppy St. James, has gone missing. While everyone around her seems to accept that she ran away, Maren isn’t buying it. In fact, she’s certain the Torrey-Wells Academy’s exclusive and mysterious Gamemaster’s Society is behind her disappearance. After months of dead ends, Maren finally accepts that the only way to find out what happened is to join the society and uncover their secrets from the inside. What ensues are a series of increasingly high-stakes games, pranks, and tricks. Does life and death hang in the balance? Or is just a game? Maren’s indecisiveness and inability to trust those closest to her creates a satisfying air of suspense. Readers be warned: once you descend into the catacombs underneath the school, you won’t want to resurface until the game is done. All characters default to white except for Maren’s love interest Remington Cruz and friend Jordan Park.
VERDICT A quick, immersive read. Give to fans of Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s Ace of Spades or Maureen Johnson’s “Truly Devious” series.

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