BOOK REVIEW: “The Assassin Game” Kirsty McKay

Title: The Assassin Game
Author: Kirsty McKay
Publication: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 336

The Assassin Game


Who will be left after lights out?

Tag, you’re it…

It’s 4:00 a.m. when they come for me. I am already awake, strung out on the fear that they will come, and the fear that they won’t. When I finally hear the click of the latch on the dormitory door, I have only a second to brace myself before—

At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game—it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I am wildly impressed with Kirsty McKay’s novel “The Assassin Game”. She took us to a place a lot of us have never had the chance to go and told us a story that kept us on the edge of our seats.

The story follows Cate as she embarks on a game at her boarding school called “Killer”. Kids spend years hoping to be picked for the game. But this year the game turns out to have a little twist, and not a good one. When bad things start happening to the kids playing the game everyone goes on high alert trying to figure out who is behind the acts before it ends up too late.

I will say the beginning of the book had me questioning what was happening. It didn’t get right to the good stuff, but built up slowly. “The Assassin Game” was more like a dynamite with a long wick and the whole novel was us knowing it was going to explode, but not sure when it would happen. There was a sense of suspense throughout as we wait for all the bad things to come to a head. Not only that, but there were all the kids we remembered growing up. This boarding school was for the gifted, smart, and excessively talented individuals, but there was still the “popular girls” and the head boys. There was also the mediocre students, the “hot” boy. This is a school that you could use your imagination and become one with. McKay made the story relatable to anyone reading and that is a huge bonus, in my opinion, for any author.

While the story ran just shy of a five star rating for me because of the slow build at the beginning, I still will say that this was a great story with well developed characters. McKay has a writing style that gives you the details, but not so many that you get bored with the story and keeps you guessing. I will definitely be checking out the next novel by McKay as soon as it’s out. Four out of five stars.

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