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An edge-of-your-seat thriller that merges the twists of a psychological-mystery with the investigative layers of a procedural . . .

THEY KNOW WHAT YOU DID
You receive a call, an email, a text – someone knows your secret and they want to ruin you.

AND THEY’RE OUT FOR BLOOD
If you don’t do what they say, they’ll tell everyone what you’ve been hiding.
They will come after you,
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published November 12th 2020 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Ceecee
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A man who refuses to give his name is being interviewed at Lancaster Police Station, he shockingly admits to killing eight people. This is all part of ‘The Game’ a chilling novel about atonement. The story is told by the players, the police interview and by DC Mark Flynn.

This is a really well written and compelling novel with an all too believable premise. This initially seems far fetched but then when you reflect on what ‘sins’ the players are atoning for such as trolling and cat-fishing then
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Lou
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Game is the latest part psychological thriller, part police procedural, from crime writer Luca Veste, set in Liverpool, and is a chilling read touching on the themes of guilt, atonement, manipulation, the battle of good versus evil and the utilisation of the internet for nefarious purposes. It all starts when various people are contacted either by a telephone call, email or a text stating that their deepest, darkest secret has been discovered and that the Game Master will not hesitate to rev ...more
Louise Wilson
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Julie Lacey
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very clever crime thriller.
The story begins with someone confessing to eight murders but we don’t know who this is until much later in the book.
We’re then with DC Mark Flynn as he’s called to a crime scene where blood has been found. He’s been told to investigate a missing girl so wonders if this is linked.
There’s no body though and the family are desparate to know what’s happened to their daughter.
Soon a body is discovered but it’s not Emily - so who is it?
We’re aware from other c
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peggy
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book started off really well but it was not what usually expect from this author. A man is arrested with the dead body of a young woman and claims to have killed eight people. The story is about online bullying and someone knows what they have been doing. In order to keep their secrets they are asked to participate in the Game but little do they realise there are no winners. Where were the twists and shocks I expect from this author? Saying that I am sure other readers will enjoy it more ju ...more
Jen
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the very start of this book I was left completely intrigued, knowing straight away that this was not going to be your run of the mill Police procedural. Luca Vest really draws you in, leaving you, and seemingly the Police, with so many questions that I knew this was not going to be a book I wanted to walk away from. Who is the mystery man we first meet? Why does he wish his identity to remain a secret given that he is so ready to open up to the officers about what he has done? What exactly ...more
Anne
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Luca Veste opens his latest thriller on Tuesday 30th October; in a police interview room, thirty miles from Liverpool.
The interview is told from the view point of a man who has been found next to the body of a girl, and who has also admitted to a string of other murders. The man will not give his name, he just wants to tell the police about who he killed, and how.

This is an intriguing and catchy opener. The reader is as mystified as the two interviewing officers; who the hell is this guy? Why is
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Alison Cross
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Game | Luca Veste

If someone finds out your secret, what would you do to keep it hidden?

Luca Veste's latest book opens in a police station with a man confessing to eight murders, but we don't know who he is and why he's behaving so oddly.

We then skip backwards to the beginning of the story properly: A young woman disappears in Liverpool and her family are distraught, but is she playing some kind of game with them or is there something more sinister at play here?

In this stand-alone novel, Luc
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Holly Jayne | The Book Shelfie Blog
Oh man, I don’t know how I feel about this one. I have mixed emotions which doesn’t usually happen for Luca Veste. Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of his work. His last two “The Bone Keeper” and “The Six” were so brilliant I am still recommending them and still talking about the endings. This one however didn’t have the same pull on me. It’s still well written, but at a much slower pace than his normal style and I feel that is the main reason I struggled.

The first half I felt a little bo
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Maria Flaherty
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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An incredible rollercoaster of a ride from the opening pages to the last in the latest thriller from Luca Veste. 'The Game' tells the tale of a group of young people caught up in a vicious online game of vengeance turned real. The story is mainly told from the viewpoint of DC Mark Flynn, a young dedicated police office, who is undermined by his senior colleagues and his feelings of self-doubt. These feelings add to a unbalance to the story with the reader not entirely sure who to trust. We are a ...more
Martha Brindley
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a bit different from the author's usual books but just as compelling. The plot centres round a group of people playing an online game of vengeance which quickly spirals into reality. The body of a young girl is found in Liverpool, an apparent suicide, and DC Mark Flynn is helping to investigate. He is a bit of a loner with a mistrust of his senior officers. There are plenty interesting characters, an intriguing plot and a real core of truth in the tale. Very topical content of online bul ...more
Liz Barnsley
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Game is a pacy, addictive thriller with an edge of the seat sense throughout.

The concept is cleverly imagined and intriguingly executed, a page turner with that "just one more chapter before bed" feel to it. In fact I read more than one chapter before bed and polished this off in a single addictive sitting.

A dangerous game is afoot, the author manages the mystery elements well, keeping you involved throughout. It has an edgy feel to it that is compelling, written in a style that makes it har
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Charlene
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
The Game - Luca Veste

In this book someone knows your secret's and in order to make them go away you will need to complete The Game. Personally I feel you should just tell the world your secret rather than go through this hell, but as the people who have been targeted are somewhat at an all time low they are preyed on when they see no other way out. There were plenty of twists and turns in this book, enough to keep you reading and quickly, however I did feel it was missing something for me, I'm n
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Louise
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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Zoe Radley
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good crime book, a bit cliched in some respects, but still gripping and still entertaining. I personally wasn’t hooked into this book, but if you want a good book that introduces you to the world of crime thrillers this is one for you.
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Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Liverpudlian heritage, married with two young daughters, and one of nine children. He studied psychology and criminology at university in Liverpool. He is the author of the Murphy and Rossi series, which includes DEAD GONE, THE DYING PLACE, BLOODSTREAM, and THEN SHE WAS GONE.

Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, his books follow the detective p
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