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The Murder Game Kindle Edition
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I liked all the characters, even Jonathan, who I wanted to shake at some points.
I hadn't realised that this was tied in to Catherine McKenzie's book "Fractured" - but now I'm reading it and am finding it just as captivating!
The Murder Game is a book written by Catherine McKenzie released under the pseudonym of Julie Apple. Julie - for anyone unfamiliar with McKenzie's other works - is the protagonist in McKenzie's previous book, Fractured, who after writing her first book (The Murder Game) is forced to move across the country in order to escape a stalker that has been terrorizing her family since its publication.
I thoroughly enjoyed Fractured and couldn't put it down, so I was keen to move onto the book behind the story. I think I was expecting The Murder Game to be as gripping as Fractured, but it just didn't grab me in the same way. Don't get me wrong, it was enjoyable and it held my interest, but I didn't get the same sense of urgency that I did with Fractured.
I enjoyed getting to know the story behind the story, but I can't say too much as I want to avoid spoilers for both this book and for Fractured. I will say though that it gave me a better understanding of certain things that happened in Fractured, but it is also a decent book in its own right. I do feel the plot seemed too simplistic in parts. I also struggled with the believability at times, especially with regards to the conflict of interest in trying the case, and I didn't warm to the characters as much as I did in her other book. I don't feel they were as appealing or fleshed out in the same way.
All in all, it was a quick and entertaining read, but I much preferred Fractured.
The characters, Julian, Lily, Jonathan and Meredith, have such a great friendship, though tumultuous at times too. The chemistry between them has them coming back to each other, and us coming back to read more about them.
The mystery is so solid. I've seen that show, How To Get Away With Murder, and I can declare factually that I much prefer this twisty tale more. Catherine McKenzie, or rather, Julie Apple, sure has a way with words and wrapping a reader into the story.
Fans, grab this one fast.
If you haven't read any of her books, this is a great place to start!
Prosecutor Meredith Delay is a bit of a workaholic. It's pretty much all she has. She keeps the man she sees regularly (notice I didn't say boyfriend) at a distance. She rarely sees her own parents or siblings. She's very good at what she does, but she's not a happy person. A new case lands on her desk and rattles her. The accused is an old friend from school, Julian. His lawyer is another figure from her past, Jonathan. She soon speaks to yet another old friend named Lily... effectively completing her old school social group. Not the ideal situation to get back in touch with her old school chums... or is it? The man she spent so much time with has committed murder, that's not in question. He's confessed. But has he planned the perfect murder, complete with no motive and a reasonable explanation explaining why he wasn't in control of his own actions?
I devoured this book in a day. It was a pleasure. An easy, really enjoyable read and a great way to spend a couple of hours.
I was given an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Lawsome Books. Thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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