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The Murder Game

Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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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?

©2016 Catherine McKenzie (P)2016 Catherine McKenzie

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-07-17

The story of the pathetic protagonist

The protagonist, a female prosecutor in her early 30s, lacks emotional maturity. The murder game is a legal thriller without the thrill, or maybe it's a suspense thriller without the suspense or the thrill. Author Catherine McKenzie bets everything on a surprise twist at the end, only the twist is not a surprise because she gave it away earlier.

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Frustrating

What would have made The Murder Game better?

This entire story just made me upset

What was most disappointing about Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple’s story?

The characters, especially Meredith, she had no common sense and I got tired of her whining throughout the story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Voice was flat - nauseating

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Murder Game?

The question should be what I would leave in, I would cut more the half of the story

Any additional comments?

I don't think I'll be downloading anymore of her books

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Great book

Great book. I had a few things that I didn’t love about it, but overall it was great. It was well written and very creative.

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great story-within-a-story I love it

very creative way to write this book I loved it I read the other book and it was good as well . my only problem with this read wasn't with the author... it was that the narrator, who I usually love, paused way too long in between chapters. I had to go back to my phone to see if it had shut off because she was pausing so long.

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Clever move McKenzie!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Murder Game offers alternating time frames that allows readers to follow a set of characters back and forth from their social/learning time in law school to their professional roles in the courtroom. Personally, I didn't think that some of these characters' roles in legal proceedings were ethical or realistic because of their known histories together but it was entertaining nonetheless to follow the same characters throughout the entirety of the book. All the legal what-if scenarios processed by the characters in The Murder Game kept my brain active and thinking so this book was a win-win in terms of being an entertaining brain-teaser of sorts.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The resolution of the present-day courtroom drama was a bit of a let-down if I'm being honest. This could have been my fault though. I had this book built up so much in my head after the 5-star experience of Fractured so who knows. Check it out regardless! Catherine McKenzie (aka Julie Apple) is a rock star!

Do you think The Murder Game needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The Murder Game is a legal/thriller novel written over ten years ago by Catherine McKenzie. Although it remained unpublished for all of those years, the book itself was featured in Catherine McKenzie's 2016 novel: Fractured and inspired much of the storyline. Shortly after the release of Fractured, Catherine McKenzie self-published The Murder Game under the pen name: Julie Apple (who was noted as the book's author in Fractured). If you are not familiar with either of these novels, I'm sure this sounds confusing, but trust me...it was such a clever move on McKenzie's part. As an initially confused reader myself, I can now confidently say that each of these novels stands on its own, and in my opinion, there is no right or wrong reading order if you are interested in reading both. I chose to read them in order of their formal publication dates and it was fine. I truly believe it would also be fine the other way around because these are indeed two very different books.

Any additional comments?

My favorite quote:"Everyday is full of choices."