The Assassin Game Review

About: The Assassin Game is a fiction novel written by Kirsty McKay. It was published on 8/2/2016 by Sourcebook Fire, 325 pages. The genres are young adult, mystery, thriller, and contemporary. The author has a few other publications which I have yet to read, including the Undead series.


My Experience: I started reading The Assassin Game on 8/26/16 and finished it on 9/6/16 at 1:40am. The Assassin Game is also known as Killer game where each person pick out a piece of paper from a bag that will determine if they are the Killer or not. The killer would then have to set out to kill other members without getting caught. The rule of the game is to kill one person at a time and make the kill as public as possible so that many can witness it. In order to be in the game, one has to be chosen. This game takes place every year at a boarding high school called Umfraville, located in an island reserved for the gifted students. The game operate in secret.

This book follows the main character Cate and the entire book is only in her point of view. She has always wanted to be part of the game and this year she got chosen. Out of the blue, her childhood friend Vaughan shows up and win his way into the game without having to wait in line like the rest of the players. Cate has some boy troubles and when love comes, it comes quick and out of nowhere. The love part needs improvement. The story weaves around making many players looking like they could be the killer. I couldn’t guess who the bad guy is. I don’t enjoy Cate’s thinking process because she hardly try to figure out who the killer is and more into worrying about herself staying alive in the game. The twist of a second killer could be more interesting if we could get that person’s point of view or at least have a more convincing case.


Pro: school for the gifted, the game, secret meetings, the thrill to not get caught, Crypt

Con: lack of killer strategy, lack of detective work, romance spring up out of nowhere,

I rate it 3.5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Book Depository

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me this eARC for free in an exchanged for an honest review. You can find my review on my blog, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Edelweiss.


9 thoughts on “The Assassin Game Review

  1. TeacherofYA says:

    Yeah, I’m not going to read this. To me, you make it sound a little forgettable. And it took you longer to read: when you’re into a book, I see you finish it in days! So I am thinking pass on this one.
    Excellent review. Love that you do pros and cons. 👏

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