The Murder Game
Boarding school has never been more dangerous.
What if your roommate is a murderer? Or what if he's being framed and only you can save him?
Luke Chase made history as a child when he escaped a kidnapping. Now, all he wants is to be a normal teenager. So when he sneaks out to the woods one night to drink with friends and flirt with the new British girl at school, he's excited to feel some freedom.
Except the next morning, one of their teachers is found murdered—in the exact same spot where they had been partying. Soon, Luke's roommate and best friend Oscar is the #1 suspect.
As the evidence and list of suspects builds, Luke attempts to use his famous survival skills to find the killer and clear Oscar's name. But as Luke gets closer to the truth, the killer is getting closer to Luke.
The Murder Game is perfect for fans of:
•They Wish They Were Us and One of Us Is Lying
•Murder mystery books for teens
•Young adult suspense
When the dean's second wife, Joanna Heckler, is murdered, everyone becomes a suspect at Connecticut boarding school St. Benedict's. Breaking curfew one night to drink in the woods, Luke Chase, a blue-eyed, "all-American" model student; Oscar, his rebellious brown-haired best friend and roommate; Pippa, the intriguing new blonde British student with a dark past; and Oscar's latest blonde fling, Kelsey all implied white may have been among the last to see Mrs. Heckler alive. Set on clearing Oscar's name when he falls under suspicion, Luke delves deep into the secrets of the students and staff at the school, uncovering possible motives and calling on survival skills imparted by his grandfather, which saved him only three years prior when he escaped kidnappers. Red herrings abound, and relevant plot details are often depicted as unnerving, dynamically imbalanced interactions between the teen characters and adults in positions of authority. Uneven characterization and misogynistic behavior from Luke and side characters diminish the effectiveness and enjoyment, respectively, of the mystery; still, the book's promising premise and boarding school setting will draw readers' attention. Ages 14 up.)
Good mystery for YA readers!
This was my first time reading a murder-mystery novel and I really enjoyed it. I liked the YA themes and characters and that it wasn’t gory. There were certain parts in the ending that should have been mentioned previously, but overall a great read!