“It was like that bit in Beauty and the Beast when the Beast dances with Belle. Except there was no Belle. And no music. And no candlelight. Just a beast.”
Published in 2017, S.T.A.G.S. by MA Bennett follows Greer MacDonald during the autumn term of sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan The Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as STAGS. Just when she despairs of making friends, Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’. The invitation is to spend the half-term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at STAGS. But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that, with Henry’s parents not at home, the students are at the mercy of their capricious host.