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eARC Review: The Murder Game by Julie Apple

murder-game Title: The Murder Game

Author: Julie Apple (Catherine McKenzie)

Publishing: November 1st by Lawsome Books

Genre: Women’s Fiction; Crime & Thriller

Format: Ebook

Source: Netgalley

Links to the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads’ Rating: 4.28/5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads’ Synopsis: Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension.

Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan’s defending Julian, and Lily’s loyalties aren’t clear. And when Julian invokes a rare—and risky—defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past.

Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?

My Review:

*I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book follows four main characters, although told in the first-person point of view of Meredith. Jonathan, Meredith, Lily and Julian met while they were in law school and the book bounces back and forward between their days in law school and the present day, when Julian is on trial for murder and Meredith needs to prosecute the case. To make it worse, Jonathan, with whom she has been involved with off and on since law school is the defence attorney representing Julian.

As you read the chapters in the past, the present-day starts to make more sense. When you get to the end, you get a bit of a shock and then the book ends, but with just enough information that you know what happens to Meredith and your okay with it.

Meredith was not completely relatable for me but I enjoyed getting into her world. She is pretty broken from all the heartbreak that Jonathan has caused (you find out more about this in the ‘past’ chapters), and she leans on her current ‘partner’, Chris, for the emotional support, however, its more like she is using him and only sees him when she needs to distract herself. I can’t relate fully to this as I haven’t been in the position of using someone in that way, it seems pretty horrible but I can see where she was coming from.
Jonathan was a little bit of a dick (mind the language) he just got with Meredith and they were together for a bit then he would break up with her, only to get back together with her again and start the cycle over again..this is mean. But Meredith just keeps going back, so they are both as bad as each other.
In the law school chapters, Julian is a little bit of the crazy friend. He drinks a lot and smokes a lot and just doesn’t care about much, except Lily. In the present day chapters, he is on trial for murder so you don’t really get to know too much about him.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a little slow in the beginning but once it got into the bulk of the story I really got into it. I liked the writing style too it felt grown-up and easy to follow.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review of The Murder Game I hope you enjoyed it, and I recommend getting this book when it comes out on November 1st!

Until next time, happy reading!!


About the Author:

julie-appleJulie Apple is both the pen name of Catherine McKenzie and the protagonist of her new novel, Fractured.

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she’s the author of the international bestsellers SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN and SMOKE, and the novella, SPUN. Her works have been translated into multiple languages. (Goodreads)

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