A Game For All The Family: Review #4

This post is a review of Sophie Hannah's upcoming book release 'A game for all the family' and my gosh you all need this book in your life.


"Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better...
After fleeing London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine Merrison plans to spend her days doing as little as possible. But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to seem strangely withdrawn. Checking Ellen's homework one day, Justine finds herself reading a chillingly articulate story about a series of sinister murders committed at the family's new house. Can Ellen really have made all this up, as she claims? Why would she invent something so grotesque, set it in her own home and name one of the characters after herself? When Justine discovers that Ellen has probably also invented her best friend at school, who appears not to be known to any of the teachers, Justine's alarm turns to panic.
Then the anonymous phone calls start: a stranger, making accusations and threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past - yet Justine doesn't recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves - two big ones and a smaller one for a child - Justine fears for her family's safety. If the police can't help, she'll have to confront the danger herself, but first she must work out who she's supposed to be."

All the characters in this book are thoroughly thought out and detailed very clearly which is something I really loved about this book. Justine's daughter writes a book in this (which is important to this book) and I found it very interesting how every other chapter was a chapter from the story. This story in the book (story is the wrong term for it really) is so bloody brilliant and clever I honestly loved it so much and applaud Sophie Hannah so much on that aspect (so clever, so brilliant, you are brilliant, Sophie). I became very attached to these characters and the ending left me wanting more, I honestly finished the book and was distraught for a good hour (I made inhuman noises and sounded very distressed, my sister even checked on me). I just need to know how it all turned out for Justine. I have a severe book hangover from this wonderful book. I didn't even start another book for a good two days, it was that incredible. I am not being bias or un-honest because I was sent this as an ARC / Proof copy, I just am really passionate about this book and I am so excited for it's release. This is one of my favourite books that I have read so far this year, purely because there is so much thought and detail inside this book which is what makes it simply amazing. I seriously recommend it to you all. This book has things happen in it that honestly leave you open mouthed like really? did that just happen? oh no that can't be happening? are you serious? (yes, that was my reactions when reading it) I am so excited for the release of this book because I know people are going to love this book as much as I do, please support Sophie, this book is honestly incredible she deserves it.

It's out August 13th please buy it!

Sophie is going book signings throughout the year
Saturday 11 July – Ledbury Festival, Burgage Hall 7.45 pm – with Nic Aubury
Tuesday 28 July – Bedford Trinity Theatre, 7.30 pm
Thursday 13 August – A Game For All The Family launch, London – at Hodder HQ
Sunday 13 September – Bloody Scotland, Stirling, 1.30 pm
Monday 14 September – 11 am, Agatha Christie Festival, Torquay
Monday 14 September – 7 pm – Stoke Newington Bookshop
Thursday 17 September – Ludlow library afternoon event
Friday 18 September – Guernsey litfest events, fiction and poetry
Wednesday 23 September – Browsers Bookshop, 7 pm,Woodbridge, Suffolk
Saturday 26 September – Kew Gardens event, chaired by Mark Lawson, 5.15 pm
Tuesday 29 September – Yate library, Glos, evening
Saturday 3 October – Winchester – New Books Magazine Readers Day
Sunday 4 October – Ilkley Festival 4 pm
Sunday 4 October – Beverley Litfest 8 pm
Saturday 11 October – North Norfolk Festival
Friday 16/Sat 17 October – Isle of Wight Festival
Thursday 22 October – Huntingdon Library
Sunday 15 November – Gerrards Cross bookshop
Wednesday 25 November – Newcastle Lit & Phil
Friday 11 December – Ware Poets, Herts

Please please please , support Sophie!

Big thanks to Sophie and Hodder for the ARC!

Love, Beth.x

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