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Child's Play

2.92  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Luisa Davila is an established Spanish mystery writer who decides that her detective's next case will involve the suspicious death of a child at an elite private day school. However, following the death of one of her daughter's schoolmates, Luisa is troubled by memories of her own past.
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Alma Publishing Company (first published 1993)
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Aug 01, 2009 Kinga rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, meta-books
This is a tribute to crime fiction authors and a satire on the genre at the same time. I quite liked it, it was a good example of meta-literature and a rather disturbing page-turner. Carmen Posadas keeps playing with you throughout the book. Anytime you think you outsmarted her, she proves you wrong.
Nov 15, 2016 Dulce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linda historia de unión, trabajo y cariño.
José Luis Calvillo
May 07, 2013 José Luis Calvillo rated it did not like it
No es fácil iniciar la lectura de una novela de Carmen Posadas sin una cierta prevención, sin unas ideas prefijadas respecto a una autora que viene compatibilizando literatura con posados en ”revistas de papel couché”. Inevitablemente asalta la duda: ¿Publica por méritos propios o es un subproducto de las revistas del hígado, de los premios Planeta y de otras de estas mermeladas?

Al abrir las primeras páginas de “Juego de niños”, primera y posiblemente última novela que voy a leer de Carmen Posad
Aug 18, 2011 Hester rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrible. At first I thought maybe it sucked so hard due to the fact that Carmen Posadas's work was translated from Spanish to English, but I don't think that's the reason why. I just think that this person whomever they are just isn't a very gifted writer.

Child's Play is about evil children and the evil they do and their asshole parents. The story's narrator Luisa is supposedly some internationally renowned author of a seriously shitty mystery series. To give you a clue how terribl
Jun 26, 2012 Kelly rated it did not like it
As an avid reader of psychological mysteries, I was very excited to read this book. The description on the book jacket and the dark cover with the school uniform-wearing child made it seem like this novel would be The Bad Seed of the modern day.

Luisa, our narrator and bestselling author of mysteries, enrolls her preteen daughter, Elba, in the private school she once attended. On the first day of school, Luisa discovers that her old friend, Sofia, is Elba's teacher. Another friend from long ago,
Conta-me Histórias
Luísa é escritora e mudou-se há pouco tempo para uma casa nova, uma casa à medida do seu sucesso. A filha Elba, irá frequentar o Colégio Inglês, o mesmo que Luísa frequentara, há quarenta anos atrás.

Elba julga ser adoptada, pois é essa a história que a mãe lhe contou, para esconder da avó que engravidara, naquela que denominou "viagem de acasalamento", um período de ausência, em que procurou um pai para a filha que desejava. Quando decide contar a verdade a Elba, esta demora algum tempo a aceitá
Sep 08, 2016 Bekka rated it did not like it
I picked this up because it was a short read I could finish on my last few days of vacation. Thank god it was a quick read. I don't find a single character likeable. They're all flat, awful people, or both. In the portions where Luisa is writing, there are jokes about writing cliches and over-the-top descriptions - too bad that the author didn't take these jokes and apply them to her own writing. The actual novel is only marginally better than the novel Luisa is writing (but barely). For a book ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 21, 2013 Georgiann Hennelly rated it liked it
Luisa is a best selling author of mysteries. She decides to enroll her daughter Elba in the private school she once attended. Luisa discovers her old friend Sofia will be Elba's teacher.Miquel another friend from long ago is the father of one of Elba's classmates. The three of them were somehow involved in the death of Miquel's twin brother Antonio many years ago.When another death occurs at the school which reseambles Antonio's . Here the book got a little confusing with trying to keep up with ...more
i have never read a book that i did not like at all. as a matter of fact - i never read a book where i wanted to throw it across the room as much as i did with this one. the only reason i pushed myself to complete it was the simple fact - that i had paid for this book so therefore i was going to finish it come hell or high water. so many times i wanted to reach through this book and choke the character. she and her daughter were not likable ... actually all of the characters in this book were ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Ruth added it
Es el primer y ultimo libro que leo de Carmen Posadas, ni siquiera pude leer las ultimas doscientas paginas, lei el final y ya lo cual fue puro relleno como todo el libro. Admito que en algunos aspectos fue una lectura interesante pero tenia DEMASIADO relleno y la narración era horrible, incluso se salia de tiempo (narraba presente y pasado de un solo golpe). Los diálogos eran desastrosos, entre paréntesis y guiones además, (si también utilizaba demasiados paréntesis y guiones) fue muy ...more
Veronica King
I don't like books written in first person, so I'm not even sure why I picked it up. I didn't really enjoy it, but I didn't want to find out what happened in the end, so it was with less than my normal enthusiasm that I finished this.

I'm not sure what I disliked, other than the first person. Some of it seemed too forced. I didn't like the parts of Luisa's 'novel' that crept into the book or her hero, 'Carmen O'Inns', I didn't like the children, and I didn't really like any of the main characters
Novela de misterio un poco light con tintes cómicos de la protagonista. En su primer cuarto de páginas, lectura ágil y fresca, a partir de ahí, se ralentiza, demasiadas vueltas sobre lo mismo. Vuelve hacia la mitad a despuntar un poco, pero el final me ha resultado ambiguo y como por acabar. Aunque la intención es que el lector crea lo que quiera, no sé si lo habrá conseguido. De ahí que le haya dado solo dos estrellas. Repetición de expresiones, vocabulario más bien sencillo. No obstante, le ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Oogli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I've never read this kind of writing, it shifted from third to first person. It's odd.
There are also "a lot" of topics that don't or not necessarily be reiterated. Too much redundancy(if this sentence isn't even redundant).
Sometimes I got lost that I have to read it again just to absorb the thought because I don't have much grey cells in my head and because there are off-topics.
I'd understand it more if the title would be "The Diary of Luisa".
Dec 28, 2009 Jodi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ehhh. I will read just about anything but it was somewhat of a struggle for me to even finish this. I kept putting it down and forgetting about it. It just never got interesting. The premise was good and I kept thinking it was going somewhere but it just never did.
Nov 29, 2009 Mallory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-mystery
Slooow. This book had potential but it never went anywhere. There were several missed opportunities for things to get interesting. Just when it seemed like it was going to pick up it didn't. Overall, I was very unimpressed.
Jack Goodstein
Aug 19, 2009 Jack Goodstein rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
Mystery that [lays with the relationships between art and life--a thinking man's thriller. Review available at:
Nicole Adamowicz
Un libro fascinante. Lo leí en su español original-- no sé por qué la descripción del libro aparece en portugués.
Erin Cohenour
Jun 01, 2016 Erin Cohenour rated it it was ok
What a waste of brain power it was for me to read this. Slow, predictable, and sometimes dos right incomprehensible. I can only hope it's better in Spanish.
Nov 06, 2011 Noelia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No pasa nada hasta la página 250. Durante 75 páginas piensas que por fin va a pasar algo, lo desarrolla... y no acaba en nada. Muy decepcionante.
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Carmen Posadas (b. August 13, 1953, Montevideo) is a prize-winning Uruguayan author of books for children. She also writes for film and television.

Carmen Posadas nasceu em Montevideo, Uruguai, em 1953. Com uma trajectória de mais de vinte anos, depois de, em 1985, ter publicado Manual del perfecto arribista, escreveu ensaios, guiões para o cinema e televisão, livros juvenis e vários romances: Cinc
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