I am delighted to share my review today for The Game by Scott Kershaw. The cover and the snappy synopsis definitely caught my eye when I requested it.
My huge thanks to HQ for granting my request to review this book via NetGalley.
The rules are simple. To save their life, you have to play.
THE PERSON YOU LOVE MOST IS IN DANGER.
TO SAVE THEM, YOU MUST PLAY THE GAME.
THE RULES ARE: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE WINNER.
IF YOU LOSE, YOUR LOVED ONE WILL DIE.
ALL PLAYERS ENTER ALONE.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MESSAGE. DO NOT SEEK HELP.
WELCOME TO THE GAME.
YOU’VE JUST STARTED PLAYING.
[end of message]
I have to admit it was the cover that first caught my eye with this book. Snappy title, simple graphic and the line – The rules are simple. To save their life, you have to play.
This is a mystery thriller, that does have a crime element to it, but it is more about the mystery of The Game. What is The Game, who runs it, why is this being done and what would you do to keep those you love safe and alive!
There are 5 players in this game, they are unconnected, they are oblivious to each other and they have travelled from the US, France and Uk to meet up so they can learn more about The Game. The consequences are not as clear cut as I originally thought they might be. There was a curiosity to both stories but I was never fully aware of what was occurring until further into the story. The author does pace this story so well, it is one where some players are on a time limit, and this increases the tension of the story.
There is a lot more to this story than the synopsis gives away. The suspense of wondering if any of the players will do something stupid or brave is an ever[present one.
The players are normal people, with normal lives. Because they have been drawn from different countries it makes any connection unlikely. I liked how the author introduced each player and then kept referring back to things in the past. I soon found that I got to know who was who especially when they do meet up to actually continue The Game.
This is intriguing, I liked the time element and the mystery that was underlying all the way through. It is a thriller and I really enjoyed the story. The characters are not all likeable, but this is down to how the author portrays them. I look forward to reading more by this author and I would happily recommend this book.
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