Looking for something to read over the weekend ?
Nothing on your book radar that is screaming ‘read me’?
Take a look at my Friday Favorite. It may be new. It may be old. It may be written by a famous author, or by someone you have never heard of. But wherever in the spectrum it falls, it will be a book that is special to me, one that has captured both my imagination and my heart.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better…
After fleeing London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine Merrison plans to spend her days doing as little as possible. But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to seem strangely withdrawn. Checking Ellen’s homework one day, Justine finds herself reading a chillingly articulate story about a series of sinister murders committed at the family’s new house. Can Ellen really have made all this up, as she claims? Why would she invent something so grotesque, set it in her own home and name one of the characters after herself? When Justine discovers that Ellen has probably also invented her best friend at school, who appears not to be known to any of the teachers, Justine’s alarm turns to panic.
Then the anonymous phone calls start: a stranger, making accusations and threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past – yet Justine doesn’t recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves – two big ones and a smaller one for a child – Justine fears for her family’s safety. If the police can’t help, she’ll have to confront the danger herself, but first she must work out who she’s supposed to be…
MY THOUGHTS: A Game for all the Family is like Lewis Caroll meets Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss (but for adults).
This book is demented, crazy, intriguing and compelling. This is a book you will either love or hate.
I am not even going to try to explain the plot….I will let an extract from the book do that for me: ‘Once upon a time there was a woman called Justine Merrison. She tried so hard to Do Nothing, but she failed. She ended up doing Something, a bigger Something than she had ever done before.”
The whole time I was reading this book I was wondering ‘what if….?’. By the time I finished my head was buzzing like it was occupied by a swarm of bees.
An incredible read.
Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of A Game For All the Family by Sophie Hannah for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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