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 realizes 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…
She placed one of her perfect white crescents of nail under the words. “The hunter…became the hunted,” she translated haltingly. “The hounds…were struck with a wolf’s frenzy…and tore him to pieces as they would a stag”
Greer is a scholarship student in a world of extreme wealth and privilege. She is a social outcast with no money. She has no friends and just wants to fit in somewhere. When she receives an invitation from the most powerful set of students in the school, she can’t believe her luck.
Greer and her companions are not just invited for a luxurious weekend of sport, but they are in fact the prey in an age-old tradition of culling the herd. As the weekend progresses and takes a dangerous turn, it is up to Greer and the other two students to figure out how to put a stop to these dangerous games and get out alive.
This is a great story for those who like a little mystery, adventure, thriller, prestige, and romance. There are so many layers to this story, and the author does a great job of revealing them as the story goes along. I was caught off guard by some plot twists and I was invested in seeing the story through.
This is a young adult novel that would be appropriate for ages 16 and up.