Chidgey, Catherine


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Like every other girl in her class, twelve-year-old Justine is drawn to her glamorous, charismatic new teacher, and longs to be her pet. However, when a thief begins to target the school, Justine’s sense that something isn’t quite right grows ever stronger. With each twist of the plot, this gripping story of deception and the corrosive power of guilt takes a yet darker turn. Young as she is, Justine must decide where her loyalties lie.

Set in New Zealand in 1984 and 2014, and probing themes of racism and misogyny, Pet is an elegant and chilling psychological thriller by the bestselling author of The Wish Child, Remote Sympathy and The Axeman’s Carnival.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Imprint: Te Herenga Waka University Press
Publication date: 08/06/2023

Staff review


by Catherine Chidgey

Review by Livvy

Catherine Chidgey is such a wonderful storyteller! Pet has everything you could ever want in a psychological thriller – it’s not heavy or complicated, but untrustworthy characters keep you on your toes, and you’re never quite sure what awaits you on the next page. The unreliable narration of 12-year-old Justine only adds to this eerie yet enticing feeling. To add to this, Chidgey interweaves brilliant social commentary throughout these pages, resulting in the perfect balance of entertainment and reflection. A great read!