The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra

The Spite Game

Everyone does bad things when no one is watchingMercilessly 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 ...

Details The Spite Game

TitleThe Spite Game
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherMira Books
GenreFiction, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery

Reviews The Spite Game

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    This has got to be the most fun book I've BR with Dennis (@scaredstraightreads) to date. We both started the same morning, and both finished that same evening within minutes of each other. Just call us N'SYNC. Both of us had been craving a certain type of book lately; it didn't have to be perfect, just compulsive in nature and entertaining to no end. Guys, this was the perfect novel to pick up in meeting those criteria. It wasn't perfect, and I c...
  • Mandy White
    I have really enjoyed previous books by Anna Snoekstra and this one jumped out at me and I couldn't wait to read it. It did not let me down, although it wasn,t as good as her previous book Little Secrets. It was a fun, fast but at times disturbing read with some very nasty characters.We all know the mean girls at school. These 3 girls were just hideous! But at school Ava wanted nothing more than to be friends with them, the popular girls. Time an...
  • Dennis
    Ava's world came tumbling down when she befriended the three mean girls of her high school class. Saanvi, Cass, and Mel were the trio of trouble in their school hierarchical order. After Ava helps Mel by sabotaging someone who has wronged her, the group invites her into their social circle. Never really feeling fully immersed into the group, Ava questions the dynamic between the clique. After one night of partying, the girls decide to backstab Av...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Boom! In my long list of my Top 18 Reads of 2018!I read this cover to cover over a few hours, one of those great books that lets you delve into it until you come back up for air. Riveting.I don’t know what genre this falls into. It’s got early YA elements in it as teenagers are the focus but as the characters grow into young women it’s more of a psychological thriller with some dark overtones.You know that gang of girls in high school that ...
  • Michelle
    This was the first book I have read by Anna Snoekstra and I was definitely impressed. When I read the synopsis of this book I knew I just had to read it, as it sounds like the type of psychological thriller book that I would just love and devour. I was right!This book takes you on a journey with a woman named Ava. Bullied relentlessly and embarrassed to no end in high school, Ava exacts revenge on all her "friends" she had in high school who did ...
  • Julie Parks
    This was very interesting, and more YA than adult because most of the story was in flashbacks. It would've been much better as a book if it was actually YA story because like many other reviewers noted, the main character seems a bit stuck back in time and more in need of therapy than anything else. And, yes, she sounds self-pitying and whiny and not like someone you want to root for much.I did enjoy the writing style a lot, even though it needs ...
  • OutlawPoet
    This is one of those books that just feels kind of ick when you read it.While I felt for Ava, I also wanted her to grow up. What happened to her in the past was simply awful, but she was more in need of therapy than revenge.There were some surprises in the book – especially in the end with one particular character – but it can be hard to get through a book when you simply hate the main character – and hate her I did!The book is sort of susp...
  • Estee
    This book was dismal. But I think that was intended. This book goes between the present and the past. The past is Ava in high school where she was bullied by a group of girls. The present is Ava as an adult consumed with revenge. So much so that she is unable to even have an adult relationship. Poor girl. However, I didn't feel sorry for Ava while I was reading this. I felt a little bit disgusted by her. Everyone has been through shit, and everyo...
  • Rosie Cranie-Higgs
    I read this in a day. I just couldn’t stop. I started it thinking it’d be a fairly standard Mean Girls-style revenge story, a catty high school drama that I always find fun. No, no, no, no, no.THE SPITE GAME is so much more than that. Ava suspects she’s a psychopath, and the way she takes her revenge on her Mean Girls-style high school bullies - a calculated, stalking revenge that lasts years - is cold and cruel and completely captivating. ...
  • Up All Night With Books
    4 Thriller StarsReview by LisaLate Night ReviewerUp All Night With Books BlogIf you’re looking for a psychological thriller with a edge to it, then The Spite Game by Ann Snoekstra is for you. This is not your average thriller/mystery, it is one that will take you on a journey from the beginning to the end and everything it encompasses in between. The slow build up and the way the story unfolds makes this story absolutely gripping. As the intens...
  • Authentikate
    Thank you for NetGalley and publisher for arc in exchange for honest review. Woah. I feel like I need a long, hot, soapy shower. This book was intense and left me with an overall film of Ick. That’s the power of books, right? To make us feel something? I’m just not sure I was meant to feel “this” way. The characters were stereotypical mean girls (on proverbial steroids) and so extremely stunted (some by obvious trauma...others by, ???) th...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Mira for an advance copy!This is a compulsively readable, twisted story about terrible teenage girls and what one of their victims might do in the name of revenge. It's not a secret that some young women are really, genuinely, awful to others in the middle and high school years, and there are plenty of books about these bullies, but Anna Snoekstra wrote a wickedly good take on this story. Ava is bitter but fierce...
  • angharad
    Anna Snoekstra's The Spite Game is certainly a unique read. That's for sure. Before starting this, I was among the many who assumed it would be along the lines of a Mean Girls revenge story. This is not what The Spite Game is - at all. Firstly, it's highly gripping, but in a very... distinct way. I actually read this in a single day but not because I was hooked. It was more that whenever I picked it up to read, I became so engrossed, that before ...
  • Greg
    * I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. *The Spite Game is a crime novel with an interesting construction; it's not a whodunit so much as a whatgotdone. Ava is a young woman sitting in a police interview room waiting for a detective to come in. She mentally rehearses what she is going to say and, in the process, unfolds a plot of schoolyard bullying and its aftermath. As Ava recounts her schooldays...
  • Veronica
    Don't sleep on Anna Snoekstra. I love her thrillers. This one is like Mean Girls for adults.
  • Renee
    The Spite Game by Anna Snoekstra is a psychological thriller where revenge is served to bullies who deserved it. Ava wants to be part of the 'popular crowd', Mel , Saanvi & Cass are the mean girls. They are brutal, they bully Ava, and others often using her, but she keeps going back for more, this is why I'm not a fan of Ava. Years after graduating from high school, Ava decides to seek revenge on each girl. Mel ends up missing. I found the book t...
  • McKenzie Allyshia
    The Spite Game was a rather interesting read and I found myself loving the way it was written. Bouncing between the past and the present, I found Ava's story to be rather compelling. This book begins with Ava planning to confess which immediately caught my attention. Although, initially I was unsure of just what she had to confess to. Shortly after, the book would move back to her growing up in high school and then from just out of high school up...
  • Allyson Abu-hajar
    Ava is a normal high school girl, who wants to fit in with the popular girls. Her break comes when Melissa, asks her to be a look out for them, as they target another girl in gym class. Ava is torn between doing the right thing, and finally being noticed by the popular girls. In the end, Ava chooses to ignore what happened.After Ava accidentally witnesses Melissa being put in an uncomfortable position, Ava hatches a plan to help and is elected to...
  • Asha
    The Spite Game is the first time I’ve read a book by Anna Snoekstra. This book follows Ava who tries to befriend a trio of popular girls in high school, but soon realizes they aren’t her friends and that they bullied her. As she grows up, she decides to take revenge on each of them. Overall, this thriller reminded me of a sad want-to-be twisted and messed up version of “Mean Girls”. I couldn’t get into it. All the characters were way to...
  • Shane Harcombe
    2.5 stars. Well. Not sure what I have just read. This was not so much a whodunit as a whatexactlydidshedo? I felt compelled to keep reading, but found the denouement a big let down. I was expecting another significant part of the backstory to be revealed, which never was.From the blurb, I guess I was expecting a Mean Girls situation and some clever revenge plots. This was a lot darker and sadder. I felt sorry for Ava, but also can't stand her.I g...
  • Ashley
    The Spite Game is Mean Girls all grown up. Mel, Cass, and Saavani are the “it” girls in high school. Ava is an outsider who longs to be part of their crowd. After a pivotal event in high school, Ava is determined to ruin the “it” girls lives, one by one. That is until the game of revenge goes too far. I wanted to love this book but I just didn’t. It was as cliche as they come. None of the characters were likable and the book skips aroun...
  • Sherri Lewis
    *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewIn high school Ava wants nothing more than to be part of the popular group of girls. Even though she sees how cruel they are, it doesn't diminish her desire to be best friends with Mel, Saanvi and Cass. Then one night at a party the torture goes too far and Ava can't recover from it. Years after they graduated she is still plotting revenge, determined to make each o...
  • Stefanie
    I cannot remember the last time I read an opening paragraph that grabbed me as hard as this one did. It set an incredibly high standard of visceral honesty that the book stayed faithful to until the end. This novel is a great glimpse into the mind of a woman hell bent on revenge for severe bullying. It explores the danger of isolation, the universal need for connection, and how a failure to build a life of your own can lead to serious dysfunction...
  • Shelleen Toland
    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.The book goes to the past and then to the present and back and forth. It is slow and a little boring. I kept reading it because I wanted to know what Ava did to the last person. You do find out at the very end. Even though Ava was bullied in sc...
  • Heather
    This book's description spoke to me since I was tormented & tortured all through my school years. There were times I wanted to do exactly what Ava does in this book, but like Ava you learn how useless & how it just brings you down to the bullies level. Personally, this book just showed Ava to be the bigger bully & it was disappointing to me. The story just didn't flow like I thought it should. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book. I understand...
  • Angela
    Not really sure how I feel about this one. The plot was a bit far fetched. Some mean girls pull a pretty gross stunt that doesn't even make it out of the room it happened in and then call you names for a few months and you go on a 10 year long stalking/revenge fest culminating in *spoiler**** the murder of one of the people, ironically, the only one who wasn't even in the room? The author was talented enough to keep the story moving, but I wouldn...
  • AnnMarie
    The Spite Game is Mean Girls all grown up without Lindsay Lohan’s prom speech when she gives pieces of the tiara to people. Ava was desperate to join the cool girls in high school until they embarrassed her one night at a party. Years later - she gets her revenge. Snoekstra’s writing kept me wanting to know what’s going to happen next the entire time.
  • Michelle
    What happens when the victim of high school bullies gets her revenge when they are all adults? The Spite Game will answer that question. What amazed me about this story was that Ava kept giving the mean girls another chance at being nice to her, at being her friend, and each time they screwed her over. It's also interesting the lengths Ava would go to as an adult to exact revenge. It's too bad she couldn't just move on though.
  • Carole
    A very absorbing and well-written account of a severely bullied girl whose life is changed by the abuse... but who seeks to do something about it. I felt that it fell apart a bit at the ending, but overall it was gripping and very well done.
  • Amanda
    I received an ARC from a giveaway. This was an interesting suspense novel because you know who did it but you have to find out what it is that she did exactly. Ava is crazy but I enjoyed following her story.