Book Review for THE MURDER GAME by Rachel Abbott


FINAL Murder Game BT Poster


Today I am thrilled to take part in the blog tour for Rachel Abbott’s new book The Murder Game.  Second in the Stephanie King series. A what a corker it was!

Thanks to the publishers Headline Books for my proof copy and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for my invite and spot on the tour.



A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’ wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?




What a great read this was!  Set in the most amazing sounding location of Polskirrin, a beautiful large house set in glorious gardens by it’s own private beach, in a remote part of Cornwall, you couldn’t get a better location for a mystery!

The book opens with a group of friends travelling down to Polskirrin, the home of one of the wealthier of the friends, for his wedding weekend.  Idyllic it sounds, but a tragic incident occurs right before the celebrations are about to start.

Skip a year and a lot has changed.  When each of the original guests receives an invitation to celebrate the couples first wedding anniversary, they are somewhat bemused. All except one…..Lucas, the owner of Polskirrin, for he has devised a little game for them all to play……….

This was an brilliantly written, great paced mystery that hooked me in right from the start.  The brilliant location full of a group of friends that seem to hold a lot of secrets.  Not always a particular friendly bunch there is a lot of rivalry, weird devotion, and a sense that everyone knows something about the other.  All of this adding to the mounting tension within the story.  It uses the character of Jemma, a wife of one of the friends, and therefore not known to them, or them to her, from childhood making it a clever way to look in on the group from an outsiders perspective.

It tells the story mainly in the present, looking back on the wedding weekend and what happened. But then in walks Stephanie, with yet another mystery to throw into the mix.  Making this a wonderfully complex and twisting read, full of mystery, that is so absorbing I raced through this book.  I particularly enjoyed the first half of the book, getting to know the characters, ‘watching’ how they all acted amongst each other, and  reading the fabulous build up to the story, as every aspect of it comes together. Highly recommended reading!

This is the second in the Stephanie King Series but can easily be read as a standalone. Released on April 16th by Wildfire it’s available to buy now!



About The Author

Rachel Abbott began her career as an independent author in 2011, with Only the Innocent, which became a No.1 bestseller on Kindle, topping the chart for four weeks. Since then, she has published eight further psychological thrillers and sold over 3 million copies. She is one of the top-selling authors of all time in the UK Kindle store, and her novels have been translated into 21 languages.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction.

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