The Murder Game by Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple


The Murder Game by Julie Apple; published by Lake Union Publishing (November 1, 2016); ISBN 9781537316604

Before I start this review, for the maximization of your reading enjoyment, I recommend you first read Catherine McKenzie’s novel Fractured. Why, you might ask? Well, you see The Murder Game is unusual in that it is the ‘Inception’ of the book world. In Fractured, the main character Julie (Apple) Prentice has written a bestselling book and moved her family cross country to escape her stalker. Mishaps and misunderstandings ensue, some of it as a result of The Book. Guess what? Her bestselling book is none other than The Murder Game. Cool, right!?

At the heart of The Murder Game, a fast moving thriller slash legal drama, are Meredith, Lily, Jonathan and Julian, a group of friends who first met at McGill University Law School. Jump forward ten years, the son of a revered Montreal Canadiens hockey player has been murdered in his sleep. Meredith, now a prosecutor, has been assigned the case. The case seems straightforward; the alleged perpetrator has confessed and is in custody. But Meredith is shocked to find out that the perpetrator is her old friend Julian and that Jonathan is defending him.

As the story unfolds, moving swiftly through two separate timelines, we learn that these longtime friends have had a complicated, rocky, intense friendship that has shaped them and influenced them to become the people that they are today. As a reader you will be questioning everything you read: is Julian guilty of this crime? How are the others involved? What is the murder game and what is Meredith’s role in it?

A really quick read. I basically inhaled it and really felt bad when I was finished for not taking my time and allowing myself the time to really enjoy it. But actually the speed at which I flew through The Murder Game is actually a compliment to the great writing, interesting and well developed characters and intense, engrossing storyline. Another gem from the very talented Catherine McKenzie (aka Julie Apple).

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me an advanced digital copy in return for an honest, unbiased review.


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