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Wicked Game (Wicked #1)

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,172 ratings  ·  178 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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Sarah
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
Melliane
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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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Rhonda
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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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
L.W.
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
Blender
The book started out slow, but my mid-book I could not stop reading. I can't wait to read more.
Donna
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.
Kelly
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.
Roxann
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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Melissa
Eh, this was ok. Something to read, somewhat interesting. A bit too farfetched.
Morgue Anne
I really wanted to like this book. I knew what I was getting into when I picked it up, and it actually had a pretty good balance of paranormal and good old fashioned who done it. But there was this insane side story about pregnancy that was very unnerving. I actually checked the publishing date to make sure it wasn't written in the 60's when no one knew about birth control and having a child with someone's you've been seeing less than a month seems logical. It made me afraid that people like tha ...more
Cindi
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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I_love_books
“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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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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Stacey
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
Tandra
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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Tamara Clark
This was a crazy good thriller. I couldn't put it down. That said, the characters in this book have been friends since high school and it was tedious and annoying the first third of the book with the 'does he like me', 'should I ask him out' kind of lines. You're in your 30's people grow a set of balls Jesus. Otherwise it was an insane good thriller. You think you know what's going on but you really have no idea. Definitely recommend.
Jenn
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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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Stasha
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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Shannon McGee
Everyone is pretty sure the body is Jezebel "Jessie" Brentwood, including her high school friends. One of those friends, Becca, has been having visions of Jessie ever since the body was found. Little does Becca know, someone wants her dead because of her connection to the dead girl. This was a thrilling book. It even gave me dreams at one point, and not good ones. I realize now I've gotten to the end that it wasn't that scary, but there was a good amount of scare. The love story between Becca an ...more
Julie
This one started off very promising. It had the feel of a cold case mystery, a who done it and a little paranormal romance element as well. But about half way through the plot drifted way off course. People cropped up that had nothing whatsoever to do with anything going on in the first half, and while a slight mystery was wrapped up involving the first half characters, the last half didn't satisfy. We never got a clear picture of what was going on there and it seems like the authors got into a ...more
Merredith
This wasn't a horrible book, it just wasn't super interesting. This is a mystery, a first in a series, written by two sisters. The storyline has that back yrs ago, a teen disappears from high school. Some people thought she ran away, and one detective was convinced there was foul play. Now a body is discovered while they're tearing down the old school, and the grown adults in the group start dying. There's a whole supernatural element too... Sounds interesting, right? But somehow, it's not. No o ...more
Vicki
This book was slow. So slow. It dragged on and there were soooo many chapters that meant nothing to the actual plot of the story. So meant characters purposely thrown in to look like suspects for no reason. By the very end it picked up to a point where it got interesting, but that was obviously just a setup for the next book(s) because I was left with far more questions than answers, this felt like a filler book to simply set us up for the next one. So much so I'm not even sure if I'll read the ...more
Dokusha
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
Meaghan
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
Teresa Grubbs
I usually enjoy Lisa Jackson's suspense novels, but maybe I have read too many of them recently. This one seemed a bit predictable and dragged a little in places. Overall, it was still a fairly good suspenseful story that I enjoyed for the most part.

A body is found buried in the maze at St. Elizabeth's school. Everyone believes the bones belong to Jessie, a high school girl who disappeared with no trace about 20 years earlier. Her friends were all questioned back then during their high school y
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Steph
So this book is sadly stupid. I think the ideas surrounding the mystery of Siren Sound are interesting, but the research was abysmal. First of all women have the same amount of ribs as men, this is an easily researched fact, yet these authors right it off as they are giving the reader some greatly fascinating tidbit and claim women do have an extra rib. Some of the other murders also make little sense. The main protagonist is present for some of the murders, but not responsible, with no explaina ...more
Deanna
This was pure, mindless fun. A bit predictable at times, but sometimes I love reading a book that I don't have to think too hard about, and this fits the bill! I enjoyed it enough that I think I may look into the sequel.
Dee
I’m a big fan of Lisa Jackson, and I was thrilled when I received this book through Kindle lending. I always enjoy her books and this was no exception.

I found this book to be a terrifying, suspenseful exciting read. For being co-authored with her sister, the story flowed nicely. I enjoyed the twists and turns this book had. There’s something about her writing that gives me the chills. I always end up having nightmares about a scene I read, and this was no exception.

My only complaint is, being
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Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush, grew up in a small timber town in Oregon. She attended Oregon State University and later worked in the banking industry.
In 1983, Jackson's first novel, A Twist of Fate, was published by Silhouette Books. Currently, Jackson writes contemporary romantic suspense novels for Kensington Books and medieval romantic suspense novels for Onyx Books. Her books regul
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Other Books in the Series

Wicked (4 books)
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  • Something Wicked (Wicked #3)
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