Game: A Thriller (Book 1 of The Game Trilogy)
Anders de la Motte
Fiction Thriller 386 pp
ARC via Atria Publishing
The first rule of The Game is to never talk to anyone outside of The Game Community about The Game. If you rolled your eyes, I don’t blame you; I did the same. The consequences of talking about the Game? They can be harsh and never ending.
Within the first several pages we’re introduced to a hungover Henrik “HP” Pettersson. He’s found a cell phone that incessantly texts, “Wanna play a game?” despite his replies of “No.” Eventually he acquiesces. The rules are simple: complete tasks and be monetarily rewarded. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. That said, the higher the risks become more dangerous they are. But to someone like HP, it’s worth it, and not just for the money but for the notoriety. It’s that quest for notoriety that gets him into trouble as it quickly affects someone close to him.
HP is a broken character that you can’t help but feel sorry, and root, for. He is in essence the reluctant hero of the novel. The structure of the novel is such that it switches from HP to Rebecca, a government body guard to government officials of Sweden. As the novel progresses, it switches from HP’s tasks to Rebecca’s protection duty at which point they will eventually intersect. And what an intersection it is!
This was, and is, a great conspiracy laden thrilling page turner. The conspiracy aspect? Totally legit. Completely plausible and may make one think twice over as they watch the local/national/international news as strange events occur. There were many misdirections thoughout the novel, from beginning to end, and they were great! Lots of audible, “Oh damn!” moments were had
As the title implies, this is Book One (1) of a trilogy. I cannot wait until book two (2), Buzz comes out! It truly is a great, intelligent, thrilling, conspiracy page turner.