Book Review: The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

Title: The Stranger Game
Author: Cylin Busby
Published: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Balzer & Bray

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28925213-the-stranger-game

The Stranger Game
is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty young adult novel—perfect for fans
of Lauren Oliver and E. Lockhart—about fifteen-year-old Nico Walker,
whose sister returns home after a four-year disappearance.

When
Nico Walker’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family,
and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself
feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties.

Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.

But
this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s thin and drawn,
where Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of
brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she
had once been mean and abusive. Sarah’s retrograde amnesia has caused
her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like
the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more
critical—where she’s been the last four years and what happened at the
park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark
details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that
more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

This book was one of the best reads I had, there were two POVs, I thought at first that this was a horror type of book because of it’s cover but then I found out that this is full of mystery and twisted! I seldom read this type of book but this one catches my attention.

What made me interested in the book? It’s the title. I would love to know why it was called The Stranger’s Game. Who’s the stranger and why? Luckily this book answered the questions in my head. I guess I could say mind blown, as I mentioned it was twisted but I loved how the two different character stories met at this book. How Nico found out about the stranger, how everything changed when she came in to Nico’s life. Somehow it was a good thing that the stranger became the part of their lives.

Good news readers! It has a happy ending and no cliff-hangers. The book was straightforwardly written. You might get lost on some parts of the book but hang in there! You’ll get the whole story once you’ve read everything. I swear it’s worth it! 🙂

My Ratings

Cylin Busby is the author of several teen books and numerous articles as well as the acclaimed young adult memoir, THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED,which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Cybils Award winner. 

Her latest novel, THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB TIBBS, has earned starred reviews and was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. The former Senior Editor of Teen Magazine, Cylin now lives in Los Angeles with her family.


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