Review: The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

Title: The Assassin Game
Author: Kirsty McKay
Pages: 336
Genre: YA, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Source: Free ARC from SOURCEBOOKS Fire

Rating: A

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from SOURCEBOOKS Fire via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).

Review: I SO enjoyed this book! It’s hard for me to imagine there would be a sequel to this, but I sure wish there would be. Loved the characters, the story, the everything. Finished it in two days, plowing through the final 70% in one sitting. Who needs sleep when you you’re entrenched in a world like this one? How can you even think of closing your eyes when everything starts heating up and you still have NO idea who the Killer is? Even in the last few chapters, when things were starting to unravel…I was guessing. So many marvelous misdirects!

I really , really want to talk about the characters and how much I enjoyed one relationship in particular, but I fear I can’t do so without giving too much away (the whodunit is the best part, so we wouldn’t want to mess that up, would we?). Sigh. While I do understand why it wasn’t possible to dive more deeply into that romance, I sure could do with more of the two of them.

YA is one of my absolute favorite genres and this book is a perfect example of why. Well written characters, complex and sinister plots, and falling in love for the first time? Yes, yes and yes!

Happy to have found another brilliant YA author and very much looking forward to reading more of her work.

P.S. This book was originally published in the UK by Chicken House under the title Killer Game. One of those odd examples where the US title is different than the UK title. Not sure why they do that (though I do prefer the newer title – how American of me, right?). Thought I’d mention it in case you’d read it under the previous title. 🙂

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