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"FAULTLESS." -The Guardian *** "A SLY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER." -The Observer

The new novel from the Women's Prize for Fiction longlisted author of Remote Sympathy

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 the 1980s and probing themes of racism, misogyny and the oppressive reaches of Catholicism, Pet will take a rightful place next to other classic portraits of childhood betrayal: The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe Go-BetweenHeavenly Creatures and Au Revoir Les Enfants among them. 


“An utterly compelling read.” -Stephen on Netgalley

“Superb.” -Melissa on Amazon

“A chilling and suspenseful tale that I had to *force* myself to put down.” -Aoife on Netgalley

“I loved this!”-Helen on Netgalley

“A seriously compelling read… Bravo.”-Jessica on Netgalley

“This was excellent. It deserves every bit of praise heaped on it.” -Catherine on Netgalley

“I read this in one sitting.” -Octavia on Netgalley

“Pet astounded me.” -Jordan on Goodreads

“Unputdownable. So well written so haunting.” -Abby on Netgalley

“A great read!” -Chris on Goodreads

“A brilliant, chilling read.” -Samantha on Netgalley

Dark, chilling and filled with twists, a great book to devour as quickly as possible. -Rachel on Netgalley

“Best suspense, Chidgey is such a talented author!”-Lizzie on Netgalley

“Compelling, don’t miss out on this one.”-Georgina on Netgalley


  • Paperback ? : ? 336 pages
  • Dimensions ? : ? 13 x 2.9 x 20.7 cm