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Title: The Murder Game
Author: Julie Apple
Publisher: Lawsome Books
Release Date: November 1st 2016
Pages: 340
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Source: Netgalley
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❝ Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension.

Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan’s defending Julian, and Lily’s loyalties aren’t clear. And when Julian invokes a rare—and risky—defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past.

Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Murder Game follows two different narratives. In one, the reader follows prosecutor Meredith as she works on a murder case with an old law school friend as the witness. The other consists of flashbacks as the reader follows Meredith and her friends on their adventures during law school. The two aspects complement each other perfectly and gradually give you hints about the whole story and the mystery. 

Part of what makes the mystery so appealing is the fact that it keeps you on your toes and keeps you guessing what it really going on. Even when I was sure I had figured it out, more information was revealed that made me change my mind.

I personally was a great fan of the law school and court-room vibe. Naturally, I might be prejudiced as a law and criminology student, but it definitely added to the setting and made everything a lot more vivid. Moreover, I think it is this aspect that will appeal most to people who like How To Get Away With Murder. Even if you’re not that familiar with law jargon, the story is still easy to follow and understandable.

The one gripe I have with this book is that I felt it was unrealistic at times. For example, I thought it was too coincidental that Meredith just happened to get Julian’s case and more unbelievable that her boss pressed her to take it and not decline based on a conflict of interest.

Nonetheless, The Murder Game is a thrilling read and a real page turner that will keep you occupied from beginning to end. If you’re into crime and law, this is a must read for you!

The Murder Game

8.6

Characterization

7.5/10

Plot

8.4/10

Writing Style

9.2/10

Pace

8.8/10

Setting

9.2/10

Pros

  • Different narratives
  • Interesting mystery
  • Law school and court room setting

Cons

  • Unrealistic at times