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 But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to seem strangely withdrawn.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…
I really don’t know what to say about this book. It has to be one of the most strangest books I have ever read.
To start with I have to say I did struggle to get into it. The story flicks between Justine and her family and the story of another family where some very strange murders have occurred. I was really struggling with the concept of the book and to be honest I really thought I wasn’t going to like it.
Then came a part where Justine finds herself under protest, becoming the owner of a new puppy called Figgy Pudding and from that moment I was hooked. I have no idea why it was this part in particular, for one I just loved the dogs name and was wanting to rush out and get myself a puppy to give the same name, but obviously that would not be a good idea at all. On reflection I can only say that this is when the story all started to fall into place for me and it started to make sense.
A Game For All The Family is a great title for this book and it felt like the author was playing with my mind. At times I did not know whether I was coming or going there are many twists and surprises and it certainly keeps you on your toes.
Towards the end I couldn’t put the book down I had to know how it all ended and the author did not disappoint in messing with my head right up until the very end.
There are quite a few complex characters in the story which just adds to the addictiveness of this book, it may have taken me awhile but once it had drawn me in it just chewed me up and then spat me out at the end. I am still in two minds as to whether it is just one of the most disturbed books I have ever read or one of pure genius but at the time of writing this review I am going with the latter.
A seriously twisted book which will totally mess with your head and one that by the end I would highly recommend.
Many thanks to Bookbridgr and Karen at Hodder & Stoughton for a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
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