The Murder Game Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She's good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm's length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension.
Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan's defending Julian, and Lily's loyalties aren't clear. And when Julian invokes a rare - and risky - defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past. Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 9 minutes|
|Author||Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple|
|Narrator||Teri Clark Linden|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 10 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #175,428 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5,796 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#10,696 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#46,555 in Suspense (Books)
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The story switches back and forth between the present and when the friends were all attending law school together. Overall, I liked the writing and the story. This book had some The Secret History vibes which was an added bonus, although it’s hard to beat that book.
“The Murder Game” is the book that the lead character in “Fractured”, Julie Apple, has written. At first, I started trying to match up characters in “Fractured’ with “The Murder Game”. However, quickly I was focused on just reading this story as a stand-alone novel.
Part One of the book focuses on the history of the friends. They were law school friends and classmates in Montreal. The narrative switches back and forth between ‘present day’ and ‘college day’, but it is very easy to follow. The premise of the novel is set; one of the men in the group of friends has been accused of a murder. One of the other male friends acts as his lawyer, and the lead character, Meredith is representing the prosecution. I enjoyed the elements of Montreal that are portrayed in this part of the book. The landmarks and areas described made me want to visit and find the places described. Having gone to college during the same time frame described, I could easily relate to the characters during that phase of their life.
Part Two of the book focuses on the trial, with Meredith as the prosecutor and Jonathan acting as the defense attorney for Julian. The reader also learns more about a case that the friends studied in school, one that has eerily similar circumstances to the case that is being tried in court.
Part Three brings the closing arguments of the trial, the verdict, and a quintessential Catherine McKenzie (Julie Apple) twist at the end.
This book far exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a small novella to complement the book “Fractured”. Instead, this was a great read that stood on its own.
I was able to read this book via an advanced copy granted by the publisher on NetGalley.
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I liked all the characters, even Jonathan, who I wanted to shake at some points.
I hadn't realised that this was tied in to Catherine McKenzie's book "Fractured" - but now I'm reading it and am finding it just as captivating!
“The Murder Game” is a captivating and addictive courtroom drama; a tense legal thriller with similar intensity to ‘Fractured’.
The premise is fascinating - 4 law students hypothetically devise the perfect murder… ten years later one of them is on trial for murder and another one is the prosecutor in the case.
Julian McCarthy, Jonathan Sayers, Meredith Delay, and Lily had attended McGill Law School in Montreal. They played games with pseudo murder cases, trying to figure out ways for a perpetrator to commit the act and get away with it.
I’m a big fan of alternating timelines and it works seamlessly here, much as it did in ‘Fractured’. We move between two distinct timelines. Meredith in the college years in law school and slowly revealing this unique group of friends. And Meredith now as a prosecutor who has been assigned the biggest case of her career - Julian’s case.
There is no mystery whether Julian committed the murder as he confessed, however the reader wonders whether the friends conspired to commit the perfect murder. There are certainly plenty of twists that kept me compelled to finish it in one sitting.
Do you need to read ‘Fractured’ to understand this book - not at all, it’s purely a clever device, BUT I still think it’s super cool and that McKenzie released this book as she has, so I’d recommend reading them both...
Especially if you enjoy smart books filled with intrigue...