At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer Game is a tradition. Only a select few are invited to play. They must avoid being killed by a series of thrilling pranks, and identify the murderer. But this time, it's different: the game stops feeling fake and starts getting dangerous and Cate's the next target. Can they find the culprit ... before it's too late?
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FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS
I'm eating my words...
This was a decent, dare I say good, YA mystery. I quite liked it. I know, I know--the shock!
SUMMIN' IT UP
It's all a game. The group of them are in a game, and someone's a killer. Well, that's how it works. A bunch of students are initiated into the game, and they're faked killed. That is until someone can guess who the killer is. Sounds simple right? Maybe even a little lame, but fret not. It's a ride.
Like I was saying, people are killed publicly, and none of it's real. That is, until someone, makes it real. That's where it gets good.
Cate: She's a normal. Well, she's not a genius like the rest of her classmates. She was desperate to get into the game and now that she is, she's not so sure it's going to be, all fun.
Alex, Marcia, Daniel, Tessa, Erica, Rick, Martin--forgive me if I'm screwing up these names, cause my memory is poop sometimes. Well there's a large group, members--players of the game. Their stories themselves seem unimportant in relation to the story but yeah any one of them could be the killer.
Alex is the head honcho in charge, he runs the game and makes the rules, along with a few of the others.
Then there's Vaughn. He's the childhood friend that Cate sort of forgot about. So, when he shows up demanding to be apart of the game--she's thrown for a loop. And he has all kinds of stuff with him.
I, for one, thought the mystery in this one was well done. I did not know who the "killer" was. I had my ideas but I was wrong--and that pleased me. I want to not know.
I was flipping through page after page trying to figure it all out. Even when I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong, so *clap clap*, McKay--well played. I was so very intrigued.
IS IT LOVE?
Romance is not the star of this show, and while this would normally bother me--it did not. There is a smidge of romance, it was cute--but it faded into the background. It was all fine with me.
THE PLOT AND THE STORY
I really liked the set up of this story. I find no need to pick at the name of the town or the way the story was set up like a lot of my fellow readers. If anything I felt the setting was perfectly fitting to the story.
The story itself like I said was very intriguing. I was completely enthralled. I found it hard to put down--what with all the, mystery.
YOU MAD OR NAH?
Just thinking about the reveal even now, I laugh. I laugh because I feel like I should've known. It should've been obvious to me. But then again, I try to avoid the obvious because authors will trick you that way. Anyway I didn't figure it out, so well played Ms. McKay, well played.
The reasoning behind the "why" was kind of lame, I must say. I mean, you mad or nah? I have a feeling some readers won't be impressed with that part of it. But all in all I thought it was fun.
The book was perfectly readable. I was entertained. I was invested and I had fun with it. That's saying a lot. I'd recommend this one!