Book Review – Game by Barry Lyga

Game by Barry Lyga

Game by Barry Lyga

The blurb investigates:

In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

I liked this book more than the first one because the setting isn’t restricted to Lobo’s Nod and because the murders being investigated are more interesting than just copycats.

I liked this book a lot, all the way until the ending, which I hated – it’s the most frustrating kind of cliffhanger where nothing’s resolved.  It feels like a cheap way to force readers to buy the next book.

I was also a bit disappointed with the direction the author took Jazz’ relationship with Connie – the first book sets up some secrets and drama but in this book it just gets easily defused which feels like a letdown.