Webs by Lily Stuart
Webs opens with teenager, LILY, facing a gun just before it is fired at her. The story then picks up with her attacker’s account of the events leading on from this and LILY’S diary recounting events leading up to it, starting three months earlier. The two narratives gradually converge.
Alongside her own life and problems – her best friend MELEZZ, and her unreliability, her arch-rival for heartthrob, MATT’S, attentions – JAS, and her bitchery, and school with its academic impossibilities and ridiculous characters, Lily’s irreverent teenager’s diary tells of her mother’s foray into the world of internet dating and how it leads LILY to uncover a murderer. Told in turn by LILY and the anonymous murderer – her attacker from the opening scene, their combined story examines different perceptions of love, obsession and relationships, and between them they tell the story of The Russian roulette murder.