The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle
What if your best friend and roommate killed a teacher at your prep school? Or what if he didn’t do it, but he’s being framed, and you’re the only person who can save him?
Luke Chase didn’t mean to get caught up solving the mystery of Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to spend alone time with the new British girl at their boarding school.
But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot in the woods, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would be the one to take the blame. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to solve the mystery and find the true killer.
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
This was a pretty fast paced book with lots of suspects.
The Murder Game wasn’t anything new in the YA mystery/thriller genre, but it was still a good book. Luke was in boarding school in Connecticut. Three years earlier, he was kidnapped and escaped his captors. Kids know his story, but he doesn’t talk about what happened. The only person who knows a bit more is his roommate and best friend, Oscar. Luke and Oscar are total opposites, but their friendship works. Luke is an athlete and doesn’t seem too immature. Oscar is a player with little respect for girls. They decide to sneak out to meet Kelsey and Pippa in the woods. While out there, they hear other people, including Dean Heckler’s wife, Joanna. There are strange sounds and the kids hurry out of there once they think it’s safe. The next day, Joanna is found murdered in the woods. When some suspicion falls on Oscar, Luke decides that he needs to find out who the killer is to save Oscar. He knows that the killer is there on campus, but he follows each lead he can find. There are plenty of teachers and some students who may have done it. Joanna was known to cheat on her husbands and there were plenty of rumors about her.
The pacing was pretty good throughout the book. There were times that I wasn’t sure who the killer was. The person was on my short list, but the author did a good job bringing in more people to confuse the reader.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to firereads for my review copy.
Warnings for death of a dog, murder, blood, kidnapping, captivity, sexism, cheating, and boys being gross about underage girls (the boys are underage, too, but the girls are younger).
Have you read this one? Is it on your TBR?