Book Review:: The Assassin Game – Kirsty McKay

Date started: July 3, 2017

Date ended: July 11, 2017 

Stars: ★★★★

kids playing a version of the mafia game +

boarding school +

all goes awry +

psychopath on the loose = EPICNESS ENSUES!!

I’m honestly so impressed with this Target impulse buy. I have been let down in the past by judging a book by its cover but SWEET BABY JESUS not this one! This didn’t quite go the way I had pictured it in my head, but that was fine because it was so much better.

Every fall semester, a chosen few are selected and initiated into the Guild, an elite secret society on campus, that participate in a game called Killer. It is similar to the card game Mafia, but they play in real life. Simple little pranks like putting dye in the shower head so it looks like the water is bleeding on you. Completely innocent, right?


Soon after the game begins things turn lethal. Someone and starts killing for real. And no one knows if it’s someone within the guild or someone punishing the guild for not choosing them.

It’s hard to review a murder mystery type novel, but here’s some of the things I enjoyed.

I really liked the main character, Cate, she’s not a really strong, noticeable individual. She’s a scholarship student with mediocre looks. Smart and only has two close friends. She really wants to be chosen for the guild like everyone else on campus but she hopes to make a name for herself by doing so. Cate really starts to come out of her shell when the game becomes all to real. She’s determined to find the real killer and stop these murders before she’s next.

The pacing of the novel is well done. Starts off a little slow but then builds to the metaphorical top of the hill and then takes off. I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know who was the killer. Was it the best friend? Was it the love interest? Was it a teacher? McKay keeps you wondering and guessing until the very last page.

This was a great beach read, and it made me wish it was fall so I could curl up under a blanket and drink hot cocoa. I’d highly recommend this to people who love murder mysteries and fall scares.

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