Published by Lawsome Books on November 1, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Also by this author: Fractured
For fans of The Secret History and How to Get Away With Murder comes an exciting new voice in suspense fiction.
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—defence, Meredith is forced to confront their past.
Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?
This is such a fun idea! This book is written by the main character in Catherine McKenzie’s book FRACTURED. THE MURDER GAME is semi fictional account of a woman in law school and then ten years later that same woman called to prosecute a man she used to know. The defense attorney is her ex lover, the man accused is her ex lover’s best friend. In dual timelines we learn how Meredith knew Julian, the man who is now accused of murder. This story is semi fiction and written by a semi fictional character.
I found this story a pretty good page turner. The idea is solid and the twist is detailed enough to leave me a bit enraged. In the prologue we see Meredith trying to some to terms with what happened. The whole book is Meredith recounting her story for the reader to judge. One again, I think the author wants you to judge her and her friends. They aren’t exactly bad people, but they aren’t good people either. From the very beginning we follow Meredith as she is courted by Jonathan and her friendship with Lily blooms.
The nagging sense that something is wrong isn’t obvious. Meredith shouldn’t be trying this case, she is too close to accused to be fair and impartial. That becomes clearly irrelevant as Meredith puts her life on hold to try the case. If she looses, her career won’t ever be the same. I felt bad for Meredith being put in this situation. I found my anger was misplaced as everything that happens, happens for a reason.
Most of present day Meredith’s story takes place in a courtroom. I found the witness’ testimony riveting since I got the first hand thoughts of Meredith as they answered questions. In law school Meredith takes us into classroom and dishes out what competing with peers would be like. There is also the matter of a case so similar to what she is facing now that it lends the reader to think the case is not a coincidence.
I can’t say anything else about the plot for this book. I will admit that Meredith wasn’t an easy character to like. She is disillusioned in her present day life as a prosecutor and she allows herself to be used as a student in law school. I was torn on which Meredith to root for. This was a great story, but Meredith’s story isn’t quite as addictive as Julie’s was. I would still recommend this book to mystery/suspense fans.