Friday, September 2, 2016

The Game You Played: A Chilling Psychological Thriller

The Game You Played: A Chilling Psychological Thriller
Six months ago Phoebe and Luke's two year old son, Tommy disappeared from a Sydney playground. They were enjoying a family trip to the local park and while Luke was buying icecreams, Phoebe stopped watching Tommy play for just a few minutes and then he was gone. No amount of searching or investigation by the police was able to find a trace. Six months on Phoebe still hasn't given up hope that he'll be found. While Luke has thrown himself into work at his busy real estate business, Phoebe drags herself through each day alone at home, zoning out with sleeping tablets at night and dreaming vividly of Tommy. And then the notes start arriving, in the form of sinister sounding nursery rhymes.

The story is told in the alternating voices of Phoebe and Luke. They are not the normal, well adjusted couple that they first appear to be and there are secrets and past events that impact on their current lives and those of the friends and neighbours. The author gradually reveals the complex layers to this novel, building up waves of tension until there is a final crashing crescendo where all is revealed in a stunning, unexpected conclusion.

This is a brilliant pyschological thriller - the author's first novel for adults after writing a string of popular YA horror stories. I highly recommend it to all lovers of thrillers.

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