Wednesday 8 July 2015

Killer Game by Kirsty McKay

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?

Killer is a game. You are chosen to play, put through a horrible initiation and pranked and fake killed. But you're part of a great and secret tradition, something special that not everyone knows about. 

The pranks can ruin reputations, not to mention get you in trouble with the teachers, but the thrill of discovering the "killer", of being on your toes, is addictive. Even though the pranks were not allowed to be life threatening, the thrill of the unknown was terrifying. But then a girl's life is threatened when she has an allergic reaction and the game is changed.

The adrenaline rush of being part of this very secretive and kind of dangerous game is something everyone wants to be part of. And Cate has finally been chosen to play. But then childhood friend Vaughan is back in Cate's life, which makes for a weird clash of past and present as he infiltrates Killer. Between Vaughan wanting to blow the lid off the game and Cate just trying to survive, the added threats of someone watching her, then nearly and successfully killing people, it gets too much! My heart was nearly out of my chest half the time!

The boarding school setting in the middle of nowhere really added to the creepy and mysterious atmosphere. They were so isolated, literally on their own island, and when lives are in danger, that inability to get help was truly scary. I literally could not put it down; I read it in under 2 days, that's how much I just had to know what happened! It was thrilling and intense and damn scary, I completely fell in love with the characters and the story.

Published 2nd July 2015 by Chicken House. Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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