Killer Game by Kirsty McKay


Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishes for allowing me to read a free copy in exchange for an honest review



I was thinking of giving this a 2.8 but I’ve slept on it and it doesn’t deserve it.

2 out of 5 Stars.


How awesome does this sound? Our MC Cate is in a boarding school called Umfraville. Umfraville is for geniuses and on an island that is only accessible by Boat (if the tides are right) or helicopter.


After reading this my internal conversation went a bit like this:
Me: Oh cool setting! What do you have plot wise book?
Book: Oh well every year 13 kids play The Assassins Game. A game where one of them is the “Killer” and has to “kill” all the others before they guess who it is. You can kill someone with a fart bomb as gas, a water balloon filled with red paint as a grenade the possibilities are endless with a school of gifted children, right? RIGHT?


Killer Game is boring. The game doesn’t actually start until the half way mark and for geniuses the pranks/kills were lame. We are in a fictional world of kid geniuses I’m sure they could come up with something a bit more inventive then covering someone in red paint. I wanted to see people get “killed” not covered in food colouring, build a droid to launch missiles at people! Set up a hold in the floor and capture people silence of the lambs style I DON’T KNOW I JUST WANTED MORE.

Oh and for a book that had a “real” killer thrown into it no one dies. Was I scarred at any point? No.


The one plus I can say for this book is it was easy to read and I didn’t find myself wanting to DNF it.
Upon finishing the book:
Me: Well that was a whole lot of not much
Book: But weren’t you surprised by the ending?
Me: If surprised you mean slightly happy it was over, disappointed that it wasn’t a shocking reveal and a little bit hungry then yes, I was very surprised.


If your looking for a thriller look away, Killer Game is about as Thrilling as me on a Monday before my coffee.


Have you read this? What did you think? I love Thrillers but I kind of hate them as well because if they don’t live up to my expectations or “thrill” me then I struggle to find anything that I like about the story.

32 thoughts on “Killer Game by Kirsty McKay

  1. I have been “eyeing” this book because of its cover, but I’ll take your word for it. I might not read this after all, the symopsis sounds very interesting but I guess it really did not deliver. Great review! 😄

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  2. Awww shucks, the summary had me thinking all sorts of scarring stuff and I was surprised to see no deaths! It looked like it was going to be a really creepy, at-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of book, its disappointing to see it didn’t live up to expectations. Great review!

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    1. Haha you liked it!
      You may like it more then me, I went into it with high expectations so maybe it will exceed yours now there lowered XD Hopefully you enjoy it, I’ll look out for your review to see what you thought 🙂

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  3. I have heard similar things, so that’s why I didn’t request it on NetGalley. The cover drew me in and the description sounded interesting. And I keep hearing it sucks…it’s too bad.

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    1. It is. I didn’t read any reviews before I requested this, I looked at the cover, and the description and couldn’t wait to start it! Unfortunately I should have read some reviews before hand :/


  4. “Killer Game is about as Thrilling as me on a Monday before my coffee.” 😂😂😂

    I actually requested this because I am so weak for YA thrillers. It sounded really interesting but my request was denied because for some reason this publisher hates me and never approves any of my requests lmao but it looks like I wasn’t missing out on much haha.

    Fantastic honest review, Casey 😊

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    1. Haha Hey maybe to some people non caffeinated Casey is interesting XD haha

      You weren’t missing out on much believe me so be happy 🙂 I have to research netgalley books better. I swear I just see something pretty and press request before I realise what I’ve done :/ I’m trying to control my urges and only request one book at a time so my to read list isn’t so big 🙂

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