Review: Game by Barry Lyga

GameTitle: Game

Author: Barry Lyga

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers

Release Date: April 16th, 2013

Interest: Series / Author

Source: ARC received from the publisher

Summary (From Goodreads): I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer.

When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend Connie hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

Meanwhile, Jazz’s dad Billy is watching…and waiting.

I need to start off by saying that I enjoyed Game even more than I enjoyed I Hunt KillersBarry Lyga has done an excellent job building Jazz’s character and creating an intense and thoroughly enjoyable story.  It’s still gory like I Hunt Killers, so be prepared.

What I liked about Game by Barry Lyga:

  • The mystery and thrill.  The third person narrative switches from Jazz to other characters, but the best is when it focuses on the killer.  I love it when murder mysteries switch to this perspective because it adds an extra amount of intensity and creepiness.
  • Connie.  I enjoyed her character in I Hunt Killers, but I love how much more we get to know her in Game.  She’s smart and witty and really balances Jazz.  And her bigger role in this book adds so much more to the plot.
  • The pacing.  I took my time reading Game because I was enjoying it so much and I started it so far before the release date, but the pacing makes it a fast read.  I usually had to force myself to put it down.  There’s twist after twist in this story, which made it so much fun to read.
  • New characters.  I don’t want to give too much away, but an added character midway through the story kept me on my toes.  I kept second-guessing my thoughts about this character and if there was more to this person than I originally thought.
  • The ending.  What. A. Cliffhanger!  Can I have the third book now please?

What I disliked about Game:

  • There isn’t anything I disliked about Game 🙂

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