REVIEW: The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby


TITLE: The Stranger Game

AUTHOR: Cylin Busby

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins

PUBLICATION DATE: October 25, 2016


The Stranger Game is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty young adult novel—perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and E. Lockhart—about fifteen-year-old Nico Walker, whose sister returns home after a four-year disappearance.

When Nico Walker’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties.

Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.

But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s thin and drawn, where Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah’s retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical—where she’s been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah. . . .

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The Stranger Game is a thrilling, fast-paced, and heart-wrenching novel about family, dealing with loss and pain and lies.

It is a page-turner. The more I read, the more I got curious. The further I go on with the story, the more are the revelations exposed. I like how the narration went. I like how the chapters were all stitched well that you can clearly follow the plot.

But it is not just about one missing person and a family who experienced loss. It also talked about how one event led to another. It is about how in every action we make, there is always an effect, and it’s not always what we wanted. And if the effect is something that we do not expect, then we should be strong and mature enough to deal with it because life goes on, no matter what.

I love reading mysteries and suspense novels, that’s why I’m so interested in reading The Stranger Game. I had high expectations and I’m so glad that my expectations were met.

The Stranger Game is definitely a fresh mystery story that will not only make you feel thrilled but will also make you think that there is no greater love than a family’s love.

**I received a review copy from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion about the book.**


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