Trent, Drew, Charlie and Abby control Rydeville High. Heirs of traditional families with a lot of power, money and important surnames, they rule the hallways of the school with iron fists, their orders are laws, nothing is contested and standing against them is synonymous with your life turn into a hell. Drew and Abby are twins and sons of the most obnoxious father. Even teenagers and still high school seniors, the two are engaged, because an old family rule so dictates. And the respective suitors were chosen by their father, based on an agreement to further benefit the family. And with that, Abby ends up stuck with Trent, a playboy who has no respect for her and treats her like an object he owns. On a night of despair, Abby bewildered and no longer putting up with her life, decides to take a drastic action, being saved by a handsome stranger. Full of pain, anger and fear, she decides to take advantage of this free night and determined to create a good memory by her own choice and something that she can hold on to in difficult times, she decides to give her virginity to this stranger. Until dawn comes and she leaves without a trace. But if her life is a hell, she can not show it to anyone. Appearance is the foundation of the society where she lives, and maintaining a calm, neutral facade is what her father expects. Even though inside she is suffocating and dying little by little. And the arrival of three new students, equally wealthy but without the traditional family so dear, will shake the structures of this school. And put Abby in the face of her worst nightmare. Camden, Sawyer and Jackson hide a secret and are willing to dethrone the old elite of Rydeville High. With the trip of her brother, fiancé and friend for a retreat along with their respective fathers, it is up to Abby to defend their position. But if she thought it would be easy, she was wrong. Camden will be her worst tormentor, and she will be threatened. humiliated and even beaten. Not to mention the secret he knows and if it comes to public will be the end of her. The war is just beginning. The rules will not be fair and only the strong will survive. But who will stand? At first the book may seem like a story about teenagers fighting for power. Big mistake. I was too surprised by the reading. These teens act, plan, threaten, and behave like adults. The world where they live is cruel. But if they are key pieces in this power war, in fact they are mere pawns of their parents. Expect turnarounds, murders, lies. It's hard to trust anyone. Abby's father is despicable, misogynist and evil. The office scene, where he subjected her to such humiliation and abuse was hard to digest. The fathers are the great villains of the plot, the motivation is more shocking and more complex than it looks. And Abby is the prey at the center of all this confusion. The book ends in a cliffhanger, this is the first part of a trilogy. The author took a darker and more dangerous path, but the result was brilliant.
This is my first book by Siobhan Davis and this was a great surprise. Cruel Intentions is dark, bully, high school romance and it all happens Rydeville High and in the center is Abby who is engaged to one boy but is atractted to another boy and is trying to figure things out. This was a well written book and i loved all of it. Can't wait to read another book by Siobhan!