Tuesday 24 October 2023

A Game of Lies by Clare Mackintosh #AGameofLies @ClareMackint0sh @BooksSphere #DCFfionMorgan #BookReview


They say the camera never lies.
But on this show, you can't trust anything you see.

Stranded in the Welsh mountains, seven reality show contestants have no idea what they've signed up for.

Each of these strangers has a secret. If another player can guess the truth, they won't just be eliminated - they'll be exposed live on air. The stakes are higher than they'd ever imagined, and they're trapped.

The disappearance of a contestant wasn't supposed to be part of the drama. Detective Ffion Morgan has to put aside what she's watched on screen, and find out who these people really are - knowing she can't trust any of them.

And when a murderer strikes, Ffion knows every one of her suspects has an alibi . . . and a secret worth killing for.

A Game of Lies by Clare Mackintosh was published on 20 July 2023 by Sphere and is the second in the DC Ffion Morgan series. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review. 

I read and reviewed the first in this series; The Last Party, back in August 2022 and loved it so much. I've been waiting for the next episode and read this one when I was away on holiday in Canada last month. 

A Game of Lies is even better than book one! I don't really know who she does it, but this author has such a skill in character development. DC Ffion Morgan is sublime, she's flawed in character, with an intriguing history and the potential for much more to come. I especially enjoy her relationship with work colleague Leo, it's one of those 'will they, won't they' pairings and adds depth to the novel.

Exposure is the latest reality show, and it's being filmed not far from where Ffion lives and works, in fact, she knows one of the contestants, and also one of the crew. She's not really interested in the show, but has watched a few episodes with her Mum and sister, who she lives with. 

The contestants of Exposure were expecting to take part in a 'survival of the fitness' type challenge. However, on day one of the show, the producer drops his ace. This is not about fitness, this is about secrets and each one of the contestants have a secret that they want to keep. The rules are pretty simple; if they wish to stay in the show, they need to expose the secret of one of their fellow contestants. If their own secret is revealed, they are out. 

Ffion and her team get involved when a contestant goes missing, and it soon becomes clear that this may be a murder case when a body is discovered.

I am intrigued by reality programmes, I often wonder just why people are prepared to expose themselves so much, when it often leads to pain and rarely to long-term fame. Clare Mackintosh excels in creating characters, some of them are pretty vile, some of them seem more human, but all of them fit perfectly into this tense and intriguing mystery story. 

Ffion is the real star of the novel though. She's feisty, and often funny. She and her dog Dave are a wicked double act, and the titbits we are fed about her history add so much to her character. 

Once again, Clare Mackintosh has delivered a story that gripped me from beginning to end. Ffion is developing so well and I am eager to know what is in store for her next. Highly recommended. 

Clare Mackintosh is a police officer turned crime writer, and the multi-award-winning
author of six Sunday Times bestselling novels. 

Translated into forty languages, her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide and have spent a combined total of sixty-eight weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller chart. 
Clare lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.

For more information visit Clare's website www.claremackintosh.com or find her at www.facebook.com/ClareMackWrites or on Twitter / X @ClareMackint0sh

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