Friendships unravel and lives are risked in this suspenseful debut thriller where no one is above suspicion…
For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it’s an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker – the Reaper – he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.
As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.
With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever… [Goodreads]
From reading James Dawson and also Cat Clarke, I am always up for reading a thriller novel with the added bonus of The 100 Society being written by a UKYA author!
Taking on the job of completing the 100 taggings, Grace insists it must be done so her and her close friends: Faith, Cassie, Pete and Trick, take it on. None of them knowing that taking on this task would call on the Reaper. Spradbery created great twists and turns, with situations that kept me reading on, yet thinking back it was more of a simplistic thriller than what I’ve seen before. The pacing was great and I loved how every small element was weaved into the story – it had a lot of those “Oooo, clEvER” moments.
Occasionally, I felt that some characters were a little left behind, especially as the book progressed and the focus was on Grace and Trick. That being said, I’m almost happy that Trick got more page coverage because he was one of my favourite characters – sarcasm always goes a long way (yay for good ole British humour!). A bit of a mixed bunch, they all worked well to counteract one another shifting the conversation moods easily and smoothly amongst themselves.
I do really really want an epilogue though! If I can request one thing, Carla, can we find out how everyone is? How do they even recover from that horror? The answers to questions we will never know…
I liked it
Thanks to Books With A Bite for giving the opportunity to win a proof copy!