You Read What? Book Review: Game

Author: Barry Lyga

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

  • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Date Published: April 16th 2013

Format: ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy). Paperback

Source: Hachette Canada for an honest review

Mood Music: Warm Shadows by Fink


I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer.

When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend Connie hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

Meanwhile, Jazz’s dad Billy is watching…and waiting.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 1



I like this cover. It’s continuing with the trend of the last one and the pairing of a little red with the black & white makes it really pop. It’s also relevant to the story.

The Writing Score: 4 out of 5

Recommendation: A. MUST. READ

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating: 5 out of 5


This book was great. It really revved things up and my heart was pounding every step of the way to the point where I was afraid it was going to jump out of my chest. I didn’t want to put it down but required my brother to stay downstairs we me as it grew dark outside and as the book got scarier (my brother, a non-reader, couldn’t understand how a book could be scary).

What’s different about Game versus I Hunt Killers is that the point of view is not just through Jasper. “Duh, there’s the point of view of the killer.” Yes! But there’s also the point of view of Howie, Connie, and Billy which was great because you get a better sense  of who Jasper is because of these POVs. The plot gets thicker after the way things ended with I Hunt Killers and as I said before, the pacing has gotten faster as well. My feelings towards Jasper have greatly improved to the point where I can trust him a lot more even though I have a bit of doubt reserved to be safe.

If I could give a MVC (Most Valuable Character), it would be Howie because I have never laughed out loud so much. I also forgot to menton this in my I Hunt Killers review but Connie was written wonderfully and even though this is Jasper’s story, she’s a really strong character. As an woman of African descent, I was really happy with this character and of her depiction.

I love this series so much so far and I’m dying to read the next one.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

One thought on “You Read What? Book Review: Game

  1. I love when the cover is relevant to the content of the book! I don’t understand when it’s not.

    So happy to here that this sequel stands up. Can’t wait to read it! And Howie is the best!

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