The Assassin Game | Book Review

Author: Kirsty McKay

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Received From: Raincoast Publications

Publication Date: August 2, 2016


Who will be left after lights out?

Tag, you’re it…

It’s 4:00 a.m. when they come for me. I am already awake, strung out on the fear that they will come, and the fear that they won’t. When I finally hear the click of the latch on the dormitory door, I have only a second to brace myself before—

At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game—it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?


Thank you so much to Raincoast Publications for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book is suspenseful, and is more of a mystery Young Adult compared to any other genre. There is very little romance in this novel, which is nice as the story line revolved around the mystery, and did not get tangled together with a romance. I enjoyed the isolation aspect. With the island cut off from the mainland except at low tide. Although it’s not all that unique in the genre, I think it was handled well and added to the tension of the plot.

I had several potential suspects in mind while reading this, and kept going back and forth on who I thought the guilty party was likely to be. It kept me guessing, which is a nice aspect of having in a mystery novel.

This is definitely not one to start at bedtime. I could not put this book down. Yes, it takes a little while for the story to get going, but that was the case of introducing the characters and the game. Once it took off, wow, I am still shaking. I could not imagine taking a shower and seeing red everywhere. Yeah, that’s where the harmless stuff starts.

This didn’t have quite the thrill I was expecting from it and not everything turned out very surprising for me. But I think people who are fans of the Pretty Little Liars and Scream TV shows will like this one.

-Read On Darlings!


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