Wednesday 24 January 2024

We Play Games by Sarah A. Denzil | Blog Tour Book Review

[ad/gifted - I received an audio copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.]

Genre: Psychological thriller 
Publication date: 11th January 2024
Publisher: Audible Originals 
My rating: 4/5

When the rules turn deadly, winning is everything.

The perfect couple. The perfect marriage. The perfect game.

Effie and Ben May have everything. Success. Beauty. Glamour. But beneath the charming smiles and expensive clothes, a twisted game is in progress.

A game for which only they know the rules.

Leaving their fast-paced London life behind them, the Mays move to the exclusive gated community of Ivy Oaks. Here they can settle down and start a family in this quiet, safe little neighbourhood. At least, that’s what they tell their new neighbours.

But the truth has deadly consequences.

While Effie and Ben scheme and manipulate those around them, they fail to notice their carefully cultivated fa├žade crumbling away. The perfect couple soon turn the game on each other, breaking all the rules. But when the stakes are life and death, losing isn’t an option.

As the final cards are dealt, who will play the winning hand and who will pay the ultimate price?

I love a good audiobook and this one is up there for me in terms of entertainment.

Narrated by a full cast with music, mixed media such as news reports and online chat comments, I was enthralled from the beginning.

Effie and Ben May have just moved to the gated community of Ivy Oaks. The two are married but also have their own little games they like to play. They seduce married couples in order to scam them, usually out of money, then move on to find their next mark.

They have one rule "No lies, no ties" but when they beginning to lose focus and start turning on each other, what will happen in this cat and mouse game?

This was a bit of a slow starter for me but when the scene was set, I found it hard to stop listening. Ben was a character I loved to hate and Dan Stevens voice was perfect to bring him to life. Billie Piper's Effie was just as good. The whole cast were fantastic.

The twists and turns throughout kept my interest and I thought the ending and epilogue tied it together perfectly. Highly recommend!

A massive thank you to Midas PR for having me on the blog tour. You can find information on the other bloggers taking part in the tour in the graphic below.

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