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Wicked Game (Wicked #1)

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3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,827 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
One By One, They’ll Die…

Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth’s high school. Most in Jessie’s tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret-one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer…

Until There’s No One Left…

Two decades pass before a body is unearthed
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ebook, 480 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jenn
Oct 12, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ehhhh. I love mysteries and thrillers, but I found this book repetitive, confusing, and many parts and characters unnecessary. It begins with a teenage girl murdered in a maze, and her boyfriend and friends all suspects. Flashforward twenty years, the cop working the case and uber fucking creepy hot for dead girl is still hopeful he can solve the case. Did I mention he was creepy? SO FUCKING CREEPY. Oh but I mentioned her friends as suspects, right? Well don't worry about remembering too many of ...more
Sarah
Jun 24, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I see that many of the other reviewers didn't like this. Again, I am going to have to disagree. I don't usually like Lisa Jackson's work, but I picked this up because I felt like reading something light (to me, this is light) and I thought this book was suspenseful enough to hold my interest and keep me reading. It was a mystery as well as a romance, and I liked how I did not figure it out before the ending. The characters were realistic and did not seem like the carbon cutouts most romantic sus ...more
Blender
Dec 26, 2014 Blender rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book started out slow, but my mid-book I could not stop reading. I can't wait to read more.
Melliane
Dec 10, 2014 Melliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Je n’avais pas entendu parler de cette série avant de la tenter mais j’étais curieuse d’en découvrir plus. J’apprécie toujours de découvrir une nouvelle série de suspens/thriller et c’était alors une bonne occasion avec ce roman. J’avoue que le résumé Français ne m’avait pas attendu à retrouver une touche de paranormal mais c’était une bonne surprise de découvrir ce joli mélange. J’étais tout de même un peu anxieuse avant de me lancer dans l’histoire. Oui par
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Gina
Goodreads Description- ONE BY ONE, THEY'LL DIE...Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's high school. Most in Jessie's tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret ? one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer...UNTIL THERE?S NO ONE LEFT...Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie's old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure that the body is Jessie?s ...more
Rhonda
Oct 02, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not know this book was part of a series until after I had gotten into it a few pages. However the book was still readable and a good book even tho I had not read the first book in the series. There were a few refer back mentions of things that had happened previously but not enough to kill this story for me.

Twenty years ago, Jessie Brentwood disappears without a trace. Her friends think she has run away since she was a habitual runaway and also because she was adopted. Now twenty years lat
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fleurette
I usually enjoy Lisa Jackson books for their grabbing action and fast plot. Wicked Game was my first book in this series and I generally enjoyed it.

The suspense part was really interesting. It kept me guessing till the end. Still, the ending was a bit too fast, I wish there was some investigation or that someone (Mac or Becca and Hudson) discover the identity of the killer. However, I believe it this part is developed in the other books in the series.

The other thing that wasn't properly develop
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Dokusha
Jul 21, 2014 Dokusha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers-other
Im Prinzip ist es ein Psychothriller. Und als solcher wäre das Buch auch gar nicht mal ganz so schlecht. Aber die beiden Autorinnen haben versucht, die Genres zu mischen, und so haben sie noch eine Prise übersinnliche Wahrnehmung hinzugefügt und ein wenig Erotikroman. Leider war das keine gute Idee, denn das alles paßt nicht wirklich zusammen und die Geschichte wird ziemlich gekünstelt. Außerdem nerven die ausführlichen sexuellen Beschreibungen - wenn ich einen Softporno lesen will, kaufe ich mi ...more
L.W.
Feb 02, 2009 L.W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read from either of these authors and I have to say I was sucked right in from the beginning. Usually, I figure out the plots way before the end and those authors that manage to confuse me are those I respect the most. The way this was laid out, the story and the characters were well done. I have to admit that I sat through the super Bowl and read this during the time outs and the dull commercials...but then again, I was pretty close to the end and just had to see wha ...more
Jennifer  (Books That Hook)
Wicked Game is the first book in The Colony series (also known as The Wicked series) by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. I read this book because this is a series I have been wanting to read for a long time. I have all of the books, the newest Wicked Ways as an ARC from Netgalley, and it was time to get reading on these :)

The book was an interesting romantic suspense with danger and secrets mixed with some paranormal aspects like visions and psychic abilities. It also has a police procedural feel be
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Alasandra Alawine
Twenty years ago when Jessie vanished Detective Sam McNally "Mac" was the only one who believed foul play was involved in her disappearance. Unfortunately he suspected one of the "boys" from her school whom he termed the Preppy Pricks of being involved and harassed them.

Now a body has been found on the grounds of St Elizabeth's high school and everyone believes the remains to be Jessie's. Her friends gather to discuss her disappearance and Renee (Hudson's twin sister) reveals that she plans to
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Cindi
Jul 03, 2009 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically this book achieved all I could want from a new book: a heroine I liked and saw emotional growth in, a hunky good guy for the hero, a storyline quite different than what I've read lately, more than one plot twist and chills and thrills galore. Ms. Jackson & Ms. Bush (this book was written with her sister) added a strong secondary character line with McNalley the detective and his iffy partner Gretchen. And finally, they left the door open for more of the same in future books.

I mus
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Dottie Aubel
Dec 18, 2015 Dottie Aubel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great thriller! Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush teamed up to write a story with a killer that will give you chills. Wicked Game revolves around Becca Sutcliff and a tight group of friends from St. Elizabeth High School. In 1989, Jessie Brentwood, a member of that group of friends goes missing. Everyone naturally assumes that she has run away, because that is what she has done many times before. Twenty years go by before a body is found on the campus of St Elizabeth's. A lot of que ...more
Juliet
May 06, 2015 Juliet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Jackson and her sister Nancy Bush take you on a serious thriller ride with "Wicked Game". They have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Granted it took a moment to get there, but once there you'll want to know what in the world is going on the lives of Becca and her friends from St. Elizabeth's High School. In 1989 Jessie turned up missing. What happened to her? Some thought she was killed. Others thought she just ran away like she always did. So 20 years later some bones are unearthed. A ...more
Roxann
Mar 31, 2014 Roxann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I haven't read many of Lisa Jackson's books. I found this one at a consignment store and thought what the heck.

This book starts with a 20 year old mystery--a teen had disappeared. Bones are found and slowly throughout the book others are killed. They are all related somehow to the missing girl from years ago.

I just finished reading it and I really enjoyed it! It was suspenseful and it kept me guessing until the end. My one criticism is at the end, I think the authors could have explained WHY e
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Kelly
Mar 23, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was all mixed up. At times it read like a cheap romance novel, others like a good mystery and at others like something that was just tossed out there because of the author's name. Parts of the book were interesting but overall this was a disappointment.
Donna
Jun 03, 2009 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dragged horribly, introduced more mysteries at the end than solved, 3/4 of the book was taken up with red herrings and how THEY were resolved, leaving very little that was actually about the story itself. Very obviously setting itself up for a sequel, doesn't really stand alone very well.
Melissa
Apr 06, 2009 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh, this was ok. Something to read, somewhat interesting. A bit too farfetched.
Sabrina
Jun 30, 2016 Sabrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: waste-of-time
So this book bills itself as a mystery/suspense with some romance and supernatural elements. It fails at everything but the mystery and part of that is how on earth this book got such a high rating. It is very obvious that this book is written by two people. It is also very very repetitive, you could cut this book in half and you would still get the whole story. It starts with the murder of Jessie Brentwood. (view spoiler) ...more
Kmmoy
Dec 16, 2016 Kmmoy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I am usually a fan of Lisa Jackson. However.....this book just when on forever! Ugh. I only finished it because it was narrated by my favorite female narrator, Susan Ericksen. Have no intention on reading the remainder of the books in this series.
Stacey
Jun 16, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: This is book #1 in the so-called Colony series by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush (Wicked Game, Wicked Lies, and Something Wicked). However, ALL the major characters are introduced in Nancy Bush's Blind Spot and the stories there add greatly to the understanding and enjoyment of this trilogy. It is obvious from reader reviews that those who haven't read Blind Spot are at a distinct disadvantage - maybe even wasting their time, always trying to catch up and be clear on what's going on. At an ...more
ginger
Oct 13, 2015 ginger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Tandra
Jul 03, 2012 Tandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, Wicked Game wasn't a bad book. The story was interesting, the plot wasn't predictable for the most part, and by the end I didn't feel like I'd wasted my time.

However, I didn't really feel like I'd gotten full value, either. Most of the problems with this book seem to be purely technical -- the author was far too wordy, the characters were kind of bland, and there were some parts that were just ridiculously unrealistic.

Example 1: "He had a fondness for Armani suits paid for by his wealth
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Jill Dunlop
Twenty years ago at a private high school in Oregon, a young teenage girl went missing. Her friends all just thought she ran away, but the cop investigating the case always believed there was foul play involved. Now, present day, the school is going to be torn down and human bones are uncovered. Are those bones Jessie's? Becca Sutcliff was a part of the group of friends who hung around Jessie. Now, slowly one by one they are dying in horrible accidents.

I just love the premise of this book. A bu
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I_love_books
Nov 18, 2012 I_love_books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Niemand wird dein Flehen hören” – was wenn jeder denkt du wärst eine Ausreißerin, doch daweile bist du längst tot…
Vor 20 Jahren verschwand Jessie Brentwood spurlos. Ihre Freunde dachten sie sei davon gelaufen. Doch als auf dem ehemaligen Schulgelände ein weibliches Skelett gefunden wird, kommen plötzlich Zweifel auf. Die Clique von damals findet mehr oder minder wieder zusammen: Sie wollen die Geschehnisse aufdecken und herausfinden, was Jessie tatsächlich zugestoßen ist. Ist sie das Mordopfer
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Jenn
Jul 26, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, summer
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Stasha
Aug 19, 2012 Stasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first collaboration that I've read of Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush. I liked it, but I felt it was still missing something. To me the book kept on dragging for too long before the story took off. According to the synopsis, each of the victim's friends were supposed to die in freak accidents, but that was far from the truth!

I really liked the reignited romance between the two main characters, Becca Sutcliffe and Hudson Walker; I'm glad they got a second chance to start thing
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Tracey Cramer-Kelly
I’m not a fan of books written from multiple points of view, like this one. I feel it doesn’t allow me to truly get to know and empathize with any one character, and that was true of this book.

Paranormal stuff has to be handled very deftly to be engaging to me – otherwise it feels overdone – and this book was walking a fine line where that was concerned. I also did not care for the italicized text from the “antagonist.” Even the romance was too goody-goody for me; I wanted more struggle, especia
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Stef
Aug 06, 2016 Stef rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2016
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Meaghan
Oct 28, 2010 Meaghan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
This book is definitely forgettable. Half the book is about high school friends reuniting to rehash whether their friend Jessie left town or whether she really did die. Another 40% of the book is spent with a series of pointless deaths. The remaining pages of the book attempt to tie the story together but fails miserably. It kind of tells a story of incest and some man who is trying to kill two women who he thinks are the devil spawn but it doesn't really go into too much detail. The book is wri ...more
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages. 

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Wicked (4 books)
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