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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Book Review: These Deadly Games by Diane Urban

These Deadly Games
by Diane Urban
February 1, 2022
ISBN: 9781250797193
Let's play a game.

You have 24 hours to win. If you break my rules, she dies. If you call the police, she dies. If you tell your parents or anyone else, she dies.

Are you ready?

When Crystal Donavan gets a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper's game. At first, they make her complete bizarre tasks: steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, make a prank call.

But then Crystal realizes each task is meant to hurt--and kill--her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past, and wants them to pay for what they did...

As Crystal makes the impossible choices between her friends and her sister, she must uncover the truth and find a way to outplay the kidnapper... before it's too late.

Crystal games with her friends. They wanted to play the MortalDusk Crown gaming tournament. Crystal is desperate to win the gaming tournament to help her mother pay off the house. Crystal's younger sister is kidnapped. 

The kidnapper makes Crystal do tasks that are meant to hurt and even kill her friends. Is it someone wanting her team out of the gaming tourney, or is it due to a terrible secret from her and her friends' past? A past that someone wants them to pay for? Crystal tries to discover who that is, and why, to save her sister and outwit the kidnapper.

If you enjoy mysteries and thrillers, especially with killers in them, love watching movies like Scream, and enjoy Young Adult books, then These Deadly Games will fit the bill for you. Even if you don’t care for video gaming, this novel will lure you in.

I gave These Deadly Games 4 ½ sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Diana Urban is an author of dark, twisty thrillers, including All Your Twisted Secrets (HarperTeen) and These Deadly Games (Wednesday Books, 2022). When she's not torturing fictional characters, she works in digital marketing for startups. She lives with her husband and cat in Boston and enjoys reading, playing video games, fawning over cute animals, and looking at the beach from a safe distance. To learn more about Diana, visit or follow @DianaUrban on Instagram and Twitter.

1 comment:

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