I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
STAGS is a pretty enjoyable thriller, with excellent twists – especially the very end! I would give it a solid 3.5 stars.
It lost marks a little with me for all the movie references, they were a bit jarring and sometimes unnecessary. Especially if you’ve not seen the film! And also despite being A levels they were set (unlikely unless the school is super massive, which it doesn’t seem to be) and all doing the same subjects, or too many subjects which was a bit confusing and unlikely. I also felt it needed a little more build up to going away for the huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ as it felt a bit sudden and then the initial confusion of being at the house with people being nice didn’t quite fit.
Aside from that though, it was a relatively well paced mystery/thriller. Genuinely freaky in places, and I especially liked the way the tension built.