Author: Cylin Busby
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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It’s been quite a while since I last read a thriller, so I was very excited to dive into The Stranger Game. This book is about a girl who disappeared four years ago and when she turns up, there is a bit of strange things going on, which make her sister start to doubt her authenticity.
I liked that the book focused on the sister’s relationship more than anything else. It’s rare nowadays to find a YA book that is not trying to push a romantic interest into the story, but that was not the focus of this story. I liked that.
And actually, I though the book was very interesting and compelling. It took no time for me to invest myself in the mystery of what had happened.
Right away I had my theories, and they proved to be somewhat true. But that’s what bothered me, the “plot twist” was so over the top, so dramatic and unbelievable that I couldn’t help but literally roll my eyes at the pages. That’s why I just *had* to knock a star off the rating. I feel like the story had so much potential, but after the twist is revealed everything turned too ridiculous.
And the ending felt quite rushed, and wrapped in a little tight bow, too happy for what a story like this should have been, I was not pleased.
But honestly, it was good enough to kept my interest through beginning to end. I can’t complain of the pace or the characters, because it was all very interesting. I certainly would advise you to give it a try, especially if you don’t read thrillers often. It’s a perfect book to start your new favorite genre.