There are so many incredible thriller, mystery and suspense novels coming out and I've been lucky enough to get my hands on some ARCs, including this new novel from Sandie Jones, "The Blame Game". I've seen Sandie Jones' books around before but have never picked one up.

The Blame Game was a good one to start off with it! I've been in a bit of a reading slump and nothing has been grabbing my attention the way it should. It's taking me a really long time to get through books so I was really excited that this  only took me two days to read. The Blame Game was released on August 16th so only last week, and I highly recommend putting this on your TBR.

Let's get into the review... 

Publisher's Summary

Games can be dangerous. But blame can be deadly.

As a psychologist specializing in domestic abuse, Naomi has found it hard to avoid becoming overly invested in her clients’ lives. But after helping Jacob make the decision to leave his wife, Naomi worries that she’s taken things too far. Then Jacob goes missing, and her files on him vanish. . . .

But as the police start asking questions about Jacob, Naomi’s own dark past emerges. And as the truth comes to light, it seems that it’s not just her clients who are in danger.

My Thoughts

As I said, I really enjoyed this book mostly because I had no idea where it was going. There was a lot of misleading twists and turns, a lot of theories and the story really had no clear end in sight. I think a lot of mystery/thriller/crime authors underestimate readers' abilities to figure out the ending but Jones did this one right.

Naomi wasn't my favorite narrator and I couldn't figure out if she was reliable or not... at the end, I would say she is pretty unreliable but it's with good reason. There's a reason she is keeping the secrets she is and it was a really interesting reveal. 

In the same breath, I was really frustrated that no one believed Naomi. I was frustrated that she was thought to be the reason for Jacob going missing; there were so many other signs but it also did feel like someone was setting her up... or was she responsible? There was so much up in the air.

The ending was so unique and I loved that they set it up the way they did; it was interesting, gasp inducing and just different. It also gave you a really good understanding of the entire novel from start to finish.

Nothing is what it seems in The Blame Game and I think this would be a great thriller for first time readers who are trying to get into the genre. It isn't too gory or's mind altering and thrill inducing in the best way. It will keep your attention, send you on a wild goose chase and make you question everything.

I highly recommend it! 

What are you reading this week?
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