Today I am reviewing “Killer Game” by Kirsty McKay.
Date Started: 22 Oct 2017
Date Finished: DNF @ 100 pages
Purchase Links: Amazon UK
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?
About the Author:
Kirsty is the author of two books for teens, UNDEAD and UNFED published by Chicken House, and also OGRES DON’T DANCE, for children 7+, published by Andersen Press.
Kirsty originally trained as an actor at the Guildhall in London. She co-founded and ran one of the UK’s leading children’s touring theatre companies and has written several plays and pantomimes which have been produced in the UK and North America.
Originally from the northeast of England and having spent most of her adult life in London, Kirsty is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts – which is much more difficult to spell. She lives with her husband, daughter and son, who give her all her best ideas.
The premise of this book is so good – as someone who went to boarding school in the UK and a lover of ‘secret societies’ I was excited to read the book, but only got 100 pages through before giving up. I realise that this book is aimed at a younger audience and so the thing that let it down for me might not be something that the target audience notice / are worried about.
I liked that you start by being ‘thrown in’ to the story – you don’t have to wait for pages and pages to pass by with lots of backstory.
Speaking as an ex-boarding school pupil, the fact that they are allowed to wander around free as a bird (including being able to gain access to the shower rooms and dormitories of the other sex) is beyond my comprehension .. maybe my place was just really strict, but this was not allowed in any way when I was at school!
I also found that there wasn’t enough explanation as to WHY the MC would want to be in the Guild – there was no explanation as to what this thing is, how long it had been going / why it was started .. I realise this could have come later in the book but it is something I think that should have been covered within the first 100 pages.
Overall I feel that this had great potential but lacked character building and certainly need to grip me more to want to continue.