Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source : Allen and Unwin
Release Date : August 1st 2017
Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.
It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.
But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry’s parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…
S.T.A.G. is a creepy thriller debut that will leave you with chills and make you rethinks things about the upper crust . Civilisation has come along way since the beginning of time but at St Aiden the Great Boarding School aka S.T.A.G. traditions are everything. For new girl Greer, things aren’t going to plan .
She doesn’t fit in as a scholarship kid and the Medial’s the school answers to prefects aren’t making her life easier either. So when invited to a weekend on a country estate with those same people and two other school mates. You have to wonder what is going to happen. As the blurb hints an strange invitation with three uppercrust pastimes embossed on it . So what does Henry have in store. This where starts to get a bit creepy and a little disturbing as Henry seems obsessed with these pastimes and you have wonder why the unhealthy obsession with things.
Things are about to get twisty thrilling and throw Greer into something she would never expected. Capitalising on the need to belong and other feelings of those said insecure teenagers. Harry is about to unleash a dark secret that will change everything.
I have read/ watched a few English boarding school stories in my day and I love a good one whether be all charming and or taking a more devious part.
ST.A.G.S was creepy and feasted on those feelings like any good thriller should. However I wasn’t connected to the story like I thought I would be. It didn’t make feel any any emotion really because it becomes a mixed bag of things. It’s clever idea and honestly I like the fun poking at the prestige upper crust and traditions. Yet it had it moments where it was totally sunshine and rays as well for Greer. Greer wasn’t too bad as a character, she didn’t have an easy time of things and I loved how she came into her own over the course of the novel. I enjoyed the concept and storyline in general and would recommend it for those who like something gritty with out becoming too crazy.