When a secret society has you in their sights, it can lead to power, privilege… or death.
It's been two weeks since Polly St. James went missing. The police, the headmistress of Torrey-Wells Academy, and even her parents have ruled her a runaway. But not Maren, her best friend and roommate. She knows Polly had a secret that she was about to share with Maren before she disappeared— something to do with the elite, ultra-rich crowd at Torrey-Wells.
Then Maren finds an envelope hidden among Polly's things: an invitation to the Gamemaster's Society. Do not tell anyone, it says. Maren is certain her classmates in the Society know the truth about what happened to Polly, though it's no easy feat to join. Once Maren's made it through the treacherous initiation, she discovers a world she never knew existed within her school, where Society members compete in high-stakes games for unheard-of rewards—Ivy League connections, privileges, favors.
But Maren's been drawn into a different game: for every win, she'll receive a clue about Polly. And as Maren keeps winning, she begins to see just how powerful the Society's game is—bigger and deadlier than she ever imagined. They see, they know, they control. And they kill.
About the Author
Chelsea Ichaso writes twisty thrillers for young adults. A former high school English teacher, she currently resides in southern California with her husband and children. When she’s not reading or writing, Chelsea can be found on the soccer field.
"Readers are... in for a thrilling time as Maren delves into a world of betrayals and blackmail and plays risky games against the clock" — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Via a quick-witted and fiercely likable heroine, Ichaso examines themes of privilege and trust against a familiar high-society backdrop. Frightening crypts, deadly schemes, devastating betrayals, and pulse-pounding chases through dark tunnels abound in this twisty read." — Publishers Weekly
"The characters and mystery are well-developed and will keep the reader interested... Ichaso has created an engaging mystery that must be solved." — School Library Connection
"If you love boarding school mysteries and capers, this one was twisty-turny, romantic, and voyeuristic... a good read alike suggestion for teens who liked the Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson or anything by Karen M. McManus." — Youth Services Book Review