He’s the bad boy from the wrong side of the river. She’s the rich girl who wants for nothing.

They call them the rats.

The people from the poor side of Richstone river. Privilege lies just a short walk away and Liam Lawson wants it. When the head of Richstone Academy offers four places to the students of Sharrow Manor, he hatches a plan to ensure he and his friends get the opportunity to change their lives for the better… forever. Via a pact of blackmail and corruption of the girls of Richstone.

They call them the riches.

The people from the wealthy side of Richstone river. A life of excess and expectation, but Phoebe Ridley doesn’t want it. When her mother starts a social experiment at Richstone Academy, Phoebe is intrigued to meet the rats, to see how they’ll cope among the elite. She and her friends make up their own experiment. Via a pact of claiming a rat and getting them to do their bidding.

But as the two sides of the river collide and the games begin, the stakes get higher and their moves darker and deadlier… And not everyone will make it out alive.

Warning: This book ends on a huge cliffhanger, to be answered in Bad Bad Girl, Book Two.

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Series: Rats of Richstone #1

My Rating: ★★ ⋆

This is one of those books that took me a while to get into. So much so that at 25% I decided I’ve had enough and packed it in. Setting the story just seemed to go on and on and on. Anyway, I decided to give it another go 2 weeks later, and I’m so glad I decided to do so afterall.

Phoebe Ridley is the daughter of headmistress of the prestigious private school she and her friends attend. While she’s born with a silver spoon, she is a good example of the saying, “not all that glitters, is not gold”. From the outside looking in, she has everything she could possibly needs to be happy; money, loving family, prestige. But the reality couldn’t be further from that. Behind closed doors, there is very little love in her family, she’s fighting parents who are trying to marry her off to the richest boy they can find and a father whose made her his punching bag. Her plan is simple; don’t get attached to anyone and survive until she can run away after she finished form six. That is until the rats come to their school and she finds herself entangled with one of the, Liam Lawson.

Liam Lawson is what the rich people call a rat. All his life all he’s known is struggle after struggle. And quite frankly, he’s had enough. With a mother who, for all intents and purposes stopped living after his father died, he decides he’s had enough of poverty and comes up with a plan to get himself and his 3 best friends across the river where the riches live and get some for himself. He plots, he schemes and threaten to make sure he sets himself up in that position.

When he gets to know Phoebe, he starts to question his plan to get rich (which was shitty and stupid to begin with).  When he starts to rethink the plan, it too late as it started to fall apart anyway, and their friends pay the price.

I’m glad I went back to it and I look forward to reading the next book. But my low rating is because I really struggled to get into it. It failed to capture me in the first 25% of the book, otherwise I would have rated it 3*.

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