Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Jade’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.
They picked the wrong girl.
Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly…
Macbeth. One of my favourite Shakespeare plays, in Foul Is Fair Hannah Capin reimagines the central themes of it, creating a revenge drama for the Me Too age.
The writing is visceral, vivid and pulls no punches. Our witches are as dazzling as the sun, as dark as the depths of night and at the heart of them, Jade drives their mission- destroy the boys who attempted to destroy her, on one night that changed everything.
I fell into this one – the author wastes neither words nor opinions – she is not playing to the crowd here but rather redefining victimhood, changing perception and forcing a different view. At the same time the horror for Jade sits front and centre, sparsely described but right there in front of you. As she takes her blood soaked revenge, even as they falter and regroup, the central truths about sexual assault remain ingrained in the narrative. Rather than take the path of least resistance, the girls here don’t conform to the predictable assumptions but stand tall, stand together, certain in their intention and taking no prisoners.
It’s a clever, intuitive and different way of telling a story we’ve heard so many times, Foul Is Fair will cast a spell that finds you reading it in one breathlessly edgy sitting. It is violent but authentic, written with verve and never losing sight of the point it is making.
Very excellent indeed. Highly Recommended.