This book is the ultimate mind game! Are you determined enough to filter through all the puzzling details and solve it before the reveal? I know I was up for that challenge!
Balancing the books is a quick fire review where I list the assets and liabilities of a book (as I see them)and leave you decide if you think this book is worth investing in.
A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah
Published by Hodder & Stoughton General Division on August 1st 2015
Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
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'One of the great unmissables of this genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully Gothic imagination' - The Times
Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better...
After escaping London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine plans to spend her days doing as little as possible in her beautiful home in Devon.
But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to withdraw when her new best friend, George, is unfairly expelled from school. Justine begs the head teacher to reconsider, only to be told that nobody's been expelled - there is, and was, no George.
Then the anonymous calls start: a stranger, making threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past and a guilty secret - yet Justine doesn't recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves - two big and one small, to fit a child - Justine fears for her family's safety.
If the police can't help, she'll have to eliminate the danger herself, but first she must work out who she's supposed to be...
The Assets of A Game For All The Family by Sophie Hannah
- Interesting characters: Justine has moved her family to the countryside and is resolute in her new-found determination to do nothing! This once frazzled career woman now wants a schedule free day. I can empathise so much! I don’t know if I could actually do nothing all day, every day but I’d give it a good shot!
- There is a story within the story: Justine’s daughter is writing her own murder mystery in the book and how this fits with the main story just gripped every ounce of my attention.
- Perplexing mystery! I spent the whole book thinking “what, WHAT, why, WHAT!”
- Clever foreshadowing: This put the wind right up me for what lay ahead.
“There are some stories so unimaginably horrifying that no normal imagination could produce them.”
- Pure Entertainment: I really, really enjoyed it! I felt the fear, I loved all the perplexing details and cared about the characters. For sheer entertainment this was easily 5 stars for me.
The Liabilities of A Game For All The Family by Sophie Hannah
- As much as the book mystified and intrigued me as I read it, I felt a little bit flat at the conclusion of the story within the story. I thought it was obvious to all and wanted it to be more of a curve ball.
Investment potential: A Game For All The Family by Sophie Hannah
Go for it! If you love complex characters, lots of red herrings and a baffling mystery; then this one is more than worthy of your time and/or money. Fans of Sophie’s previous books should enjoy this one. I think if you enjoy books such as The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins, The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth or The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty then I think you might also appreciate this one.
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Thanks to Bookbridgr and Hodder & Stoughton Ltd for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.