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.