Alice is an ordinary girl dealing with the ordinary world of school: friendships, rivalries, jealousies, hierarchies, bitchiness and fun. Nothing unusual, nothing strange. When her school brings the girls on a trip to an outdoor adventure centre in Scotland, Alice and her friend Cass are stuck sharing a room with Tara, the queen of mean who rules the school, Polly, the borderline social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo. Beautiful, powerful and cruel, Tara enjoys nothing more than putting people down.
When Polly is involved in a humiliating accident, Tara and her mates to their best to make her look as silly as possible. Cass decides that it's time Tara was taught a lesson and so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these ordinary schoolgirls forever. Returning to London without Tara, the four girls carry a terrible secret they have sworn to keep. But the burden of such secrecy is a lot to bear, and events soon begin to spiral out of control, especially when Alice gets involved with Jack, Tara's gorgeous, grief-stricken brother...
A powerful thriller that uncovers a terrible darkness behind the facade of schoolgirl innocence, Cat Clarke is a uniquely compelling new voice in YA fiction.
About the Author
Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. She's written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. Quercus published her first book, Entangled, in 2011. She is the founder of the Edinburgh based Lighthouse Children's Literary agency, which provides editorial guidance for aspiring writers.
'a real page-turner ... the home-grown horror of a real world thriller is what makes this story stand out' - We Love This Book.
'one of the best books I have read' - Guardian.
'Cat Clarke is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and talented YA writers we have in Britain at the moment ... The story is fast-paced, the writing snappy and in the right tone' - librarymice.
'it was gripping, thrilling ... There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing and wanting to read as fast as possible ... bloody good!!' - Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.
'This story was haunting, emotional and beautiful' - Blabbing Books.