A Game of Lies - Clare Mackintosh

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Official Blurb:

They say the camera never lies.
But on this show, you can't trust anything you see.
Stranded in the Welsh mountains, seven reality show contestants have no idea what they've signed up for.
Each of these strangers has a secret. If another player can guess the truth, they won't just be eliminated - they'll be exposed live on air. The stakes are higher than they'd ever imagined, and they're trapped.
The disappearance of a contestant wasn't supposed to be part of the drama. Detective Ffion Morgan has to put aside what she's watched on screen, and find out who these people really are - knowing she can't trust any of them.
And when a murderer strikes, Ffion knows every one of her suspects has an alibi . . . and a secret worth killing for.

My Thoughts:

A Game of Lies by Clare MacKintosh is a commendable sequel but falls short of the author's standalone works in several aspects. While the narrative is undeniably engaging, there are moments and situations where it veers into being slightly absurd, which can be disorienting amidst the otherwise serious tone of the story.
One noticeable aspect that could have elevated the book is a deeper exploration of the inner thoughts and emotions of the characters. Throughout the novel, it often feels like there's a significant amount left unsaid, leaving readers yearning for more profound insights into the characters' motivations and dilemmas.
In comparison to MacKintosh's standalone books, A Game of Lies doesn't quite reach the same heights of emotional depth and character development. The protagonists and their relationships are undoubtedly intriguing, but they could have benefited from more nuanced exploration.
Despite these drawbacks, the narrative remains a rollercoaster ride of suspense, boasting the unexpected twists and turns that Clare MacKintosh is known for. The intricate web of alliances and betrayals continues to be a strong point, keeping readers engaged and guessing throughout.
In conclusion, A Game of Lies, while not reaching the pinnacle of MacKintosh's standalone works, is still a worthy addition to the series. Its riveting plot and well-crafted intrigue make it a satisfying continuation. However, a touch more character depth and a more consistent tone could have made it an even more compelling read.

A Game of Lies
by Clare Mackintosh
Date Started
27th August 2023
Date Finished
31st August 2023