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One By One, They'll Die. . . Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's high school. Most in Jessie's tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret-one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer. . . Until There's No One Left. . . Two decades pass before a body i One By One, They'll Die. . . Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's high school. Most in Jessie's tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret-one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer. . . Until There's No One Left. . . Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie's old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure that the body is Jessie's, that the mystery of what happened to her has finally been solved. But soon, Jessie's friends each begin to die in horrible, freak accidents that defy explanation. . . But Her. . . Becca Sutcliff has been haunted for years by unsettling visions of Jessie, certain her friend met with a grisly end. Now the latest deaths have her rattled. Becca can sense that an evil force is shadowing her too, waiting for just the right moment to strike. She feels like she's going crazy. Is it all a coincidence-or has Jessie's killer finally returned to finish what was started all those years ago?


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One By One, They'll Die. . . Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's high school. Most in Jessie's tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret-one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer. . . Until There's No One Left. . . Two decades pass before a body i One By One, They'll Die. . . Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's high school. Most in Jessie's tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret-one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer. . . Until There's No One Left. . . Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie's old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure that the body is Jessie's, that the mystery of what happened to her has finally been solved. But soon, Jessie's friends each begin to die in horrible, freak accidents that defy explanation. . . But Her. . . Becca Sutcliff has been haunted for years by unsettling visions of Jessie, certain her friend met with a grisly end. Now the latest deaths have her rattled. Becca can sense that an evil force is shadowing her too, waiting for just the right moment to strike. She feels like she's going crazy. Is it all a coincidence-or has Jessie's killer finally returned to finish what was started all those years ago?

30 review for Wicked Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Ehhhh. I love mysteries and thrillers, but I found this book repetitive, confusing, and many parts and characters unnecessary. It begins with a teenage girl murdered in a maze, and her boyfriend and friends all suspects. Flashforward twenty years, the cop working the case and uber fucking creepy hot for dead girl is still hopeful he can solve the case. Did I mention he was creepy? SO FUCKING CREEPY. Oh but I mentioned her friends as suspects, right? Well don't worry about remembering too many of Ehhhh. I love mysteries and thrillers, but I found this book repetitive, confusing, and many parts and characters unnecessary. It begins with a teenage girl murdered in a maze, and her boyfriend and friends all suspects. Flashforward twenty years, the cop working the case and uber fucking creepy hot for dead girl is still hopeful he can solve the case. Did I mention he was creepy? SO FUCKING CREEPY. Oh but I mentioned her friends as suspects, right? Well don't worry about remembering too many of them, because I honestly don't know what purpose some of them had. What a waste. Add on the fact that EVERY character had to state a bazillion times that little dead Jessie was a sexy tease and I wanted to dump drinks on all of them. I get it. She was a sexy tease, she was all about dat mysterious boyfriend of hers, Hudson. She "knew" things. She was masterful temptress. So clichéd. Move. Plot. Now. But it wasn't just a who done it because our MC Becca has visions -- apparently past and future. They seem to come and go throughout the book. And the villain made no sense. Is it a floating black blob, is it a person, is it a religious freak who doesn't like virgins, is it the ex, is it a former friend? It just went every which way without saying or doing anything for the majority of the book. And the romantic suspense part wasn't so great. Just because you cared for someone in the past doesn't mean they are the same person twenty years later. Also, creepy cop is still creepy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    fleurette

    I usually enjoy Lisa Jackson books for their grabbing action and fast plot. Wicked Game was my first book in this series and I generally enjoyed it. The suspense part was exciting. It kept me guessing till the end. Still, the ending was a bit too hasty, I wish there were some investigation or that someone (Mac or Becca and Hudson) discover the identity of the killer. However, I believe that this part is developed in the other books in the series. The other thing that wasn't properly developed is I usually enjoy Lisa Jackson books for their grabbing action and fast plot. Wicked Game was my first book in this series and I generally enjoyed it. The suspense part was exciting. It kept me guessing till the end. Still, the ending was a bit too hasty, I wish there were some investigation or that someone (Mac or Becca and Hudson) discover the identity of the killer. However, I believe that this part is developed in the other books in the series. The other thing that wasn't properly developed is the romance part. In fact, Becca and Hudson start their relationship in the same place they ended it sixteen years earlier. Usually, I don't like it, but this time I somehow felt it was all right. I could still find some feelings between them. There were also some stupid things. (view spoiler)[Like when Becca is trying to convince herself that she isn't pregnant but admits they weren't using any contraception. Why did they do something so stupid?! And Hudson haven't asked her about it even once! What were they thinking about?! (hide spoiler)] It was a nice read. I would give it 3.5 star.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I see that many of the other reviewers didn't like this. Again, I am going to have to disagree. I don't usually like Lisa Jackson's work, but I picked this up because I felt like reading something light (to me, this is light) and I thought this book was suspenseful enough to hold my interest and keep me reading. It was a mystery as well as a romance, and I liked how I did not figure it out before the ending. The characters were realistic and did not seem like the carbon cutouts most romantic sus I see that many of the other reviewers didn't like this. Again, I am going to have to disagree. I don't usually like Lisa Jackson's work, but I picked this up because I felt like reading something light (to me, this is light) and I thought this book was suspenseful enough to hold my interest and keep me reading. It was a mystery as well as a romance, and I liked how I did not figure it out before the ending. The characters were realistic and did not seem like the carbon cutouts most romantic suspense books feature. It obviously has set itself up for sequels, as a lot of question are not answered in the end. the mystery held my interest and I had a strong desire to see how things turned out for the characters. One of the problems with romantic suspense is that you always know how its going to turn out- the two main characters will come through unscathed and they will end up together. So, I liked it that the author kept things unpredictable by including so many minor characters, some sympathetic, some not, whose fates were up for grabs. Overall, this was enjoyable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carl Alves

    Wicked Game accomplishes the remarkable fete of being over the top, melodramatic at times, and utterly mundane and boring at other times. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot in between these two extremes. I knew I wouldn’t like this novel right from the opening scene. It was a dramatic scene, but it was so overwritten with cliché and forced melodrama. Instead of creating tension, it made me roll my eyes. There are times to turn up the intensity, but the execution from the authors was lacking. Wicked Game accomplishes the remarkable fete of being over the top, melodramatic at times, and utterly mundane and boring at other times. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot in between these two extremes. I knew I wouldn’t like this novel right from the opening scene. It was a dramatic scene, but it was so overwritten with cliché and forced melodrama. Instead of creating tension, it made me roll my eyes. There are times to turn up the intensity, but the execution from the authors was lacking. The characters were bland. Some were vanilla, and others were not remotely likeable. At the top of the list of the unlikeable (or maybe it was just the silly name they gave him) was The Third. I mean, who would call somebody The Third? I didn’t find the protagonist, Becca, at all likeable and I found her reaction to rejoicing after learning she was pregnant after literally her first date with her old high school sweetheart beyond unrealistic. The antagonist wasn’t so much a character as a cardboard cutout with no characteristics that resemble an actual human being. Bad guys are generally very difficult to get right, but this villain was especially poor. I can’t say there was much I liked about the novel and I would not recommend it. Carl Alves – author of The Invocation

  5. 4 out of 5

    Blender

    The book started out slow, but my mid-book I could not stop reading. I can't wait to read more. The book started out slow, but my mid-book I could not stop reading. I can't wait to read more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    Maybe if I had listened to this when I first got the audio, I might have felt different. But I don't think so. Twenty years ago Jessie Brentwood, a high school student with a wild reputation, disappeared with no word. One cop suspected murder but without even a blood stain to go on, it was chalked up to a willing disappearance. Now, a body has been dug up on the school grounds and it is clear that the body wasn't there by choice. Her old school friends (though with friends like these no one need Maybe if I had listened to this when I first got the audio, I might have felt different. But I don't think so. Twenty years ago Jessie Brentwood, a high school student with a wild reputation, disappeared with no word. One cop suspected murder but without even a blood stain to go on, it was chalked up to a willing disappearance. Now, a body has been dug up on the school grounds and it is clear that the body wasn't there by choice. Her old school friends (though with friends like these no one needed enemies) get together in the hopes that maybe something will happen. But the cop has never let the case go. Jessie's old boyfriend has never really put the past behind him and neither has Becca Sutcliff. She was on the fringe of the group but she can tell something evil is following them. Or maybe just following her. Susan Ericksen, who is normally an excellent narrator, was so melodramatic I kept wanting to kick everybody. Does no one possess common sense? Does everyone think they are better than the trained professionals? Has no one ever watched a horror movie? But the real problem was the characters were exceptionally unlikable. Becca and Hudson, the old boyfriend, were decent, though Becca was painfully naïve. But everyone else was just downright nasty. Again, if these were my friends, I wouldn't need enemies. The villain was certainly evil but he also came out of nowhere, which was annoying as well. And the supernatural bent didn't play well for me. It isn't that I can't believe, it's just that there wasn't enough reason for me to believe.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Goodreads Description- ONE BY ONE, THEY'LL DIE...Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's high school. Most in Jessie's tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret ? one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer...UNTIL THERE?S NO ONE LEFT...Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie's old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure that the body is Jessie?s Goodreads Description- ONE BY ONE, THEY'LL DIE...Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's high school. Most in Jessie's tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret ? one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer...UNTIL THERE?S NO ONE LEFT...Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie's old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure that the body is Jessie?s, that the mystery of what happened to her has finally been solved. But soon, Jessie's friends each begin to die in horrible, freak accidents that defy explanation...BUT HER...Becca Sutcliff has been haunted for years by unsettling visions of Jessie, certain her friend met with a grisly end. Now the latest deaths have her rattled. Becca can sense that an evil force is shadowing her too, waiting for just the right moment to strike. She feels like she's going crazy. Is it all a coincidence ? or has Jessie's killer finally returned to finish what was started all those years ago? This is a very long book that did keep me very interested for most of the book which is pretty hard to do with me because I like fast reading books. This is an on the edge of your seat kind of book even for a 400+ pager :) The only annoying thing was that the author repeated quite a few lines VERBATIM which ended up confusing me because I kept thinking my bookmarks was moved and I was on the wrong page. I really like Lisa Jackson's books because she always adds a hint of the paranormal to her mysteries. I have read many of her books and this one is definitely up to par! The characters are well developed and, even with its length, I just kept wanting to read because I wanted to find out what was going to happen. I loved the twists and turns Jackson took with her storyline, throwing in plenty of red herrings to keep the reader in suspense. I thought I knew who "did it" for awhile but when Jackson threw her curveballs and very surprising revelations into the mix, I didn't figure out what was going on unti the end...which I love! If a writer can keep the "secrets" hidden till the end then they have done an excellent job! Recommended to any mystery/thriller lover. This is really a 4.5 star but I can't do that here so I went with 4 stars only because of the repeated lines that I mentioned earlier. This is a great book and I can't wait to read the next in the series!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    I did not know this book was part of a series until after I had gotten into it a few pages. However the book was still readable and a good book even tho I had not read the first book in the series. There were a few refer back mentions of things that had happened previously but not enough to kill this story for me. Twenty years ago, Jessie Brentwood disappears without a trace. Her friends think she has run away since she was a habitual runaway and also because she was adopted. Now twenty years lat I did not know this book was part of a series until after I had gotten into it a few pages. However the book was still readable and a good book even tho I had not read the first book in the series. There were a few refer back mentions of things that had happened previously but not enough to kill this story for me. Twenty years ago, Jessie Brentwood disappears without a trace. Her friends think she has run away since she was a habitual runaway and also because she was adopted. Now twenty years later, a body is found on school grounds. Jessie's classmates reunite to talk about what they think happened to her and if they think the body is hers. Some classmates think it is hers, others do not. What is interesting in this read is the dynamic of the group of friends in general. The girls who were friends with Jessie in high school now try to claim they hardly knew her at all. The leaders of high school now seem kind of wishy washy. Some classmates don't want the whole ordeal brought up again yet others seem to relish in it and hope everything is drug out again. And on the sidelines watching this happen is Detective McNally who investigated the disapperance of Jessie and is now investigating this newest discovery. And we can't forget Becca, close friend of Jessie's who is also gifted with second sight. She has premonitions about events before they happen and she is "seeing" a lot more these days. Kept me on the edge of my seat.

  9. 4 out of 5

    L.W.

    This is the first book I've read from either of these authors and I have to say I was sucked right in from the beginning. Usually, I figure out the plots way before the end and those authors that manage to confuse me are those I respect the most. The way this was laid out, the story and the characters were well done. I have to admit that I sat through the super Bowl and read this during the time outs and the dull commercials...but then again, I was pretty close to the end and just had to see wha This is the first book I've read from either of these authors and I have to say I was sucked right in from the beginning. Usually, I figure out the plots way before the end and those authors that manage to confuse me are those I respect the most. The way this was laid out, the story and the characters were well done. I have to admit that I sat through the super Bowl and read this during the time outs and the dull commercials...but then again, I was pretty close to the end and just had to see what happened. These are the kinds of books I always search for and so rarely find. It was a great read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Tbh I skimmed the vast majority of this book. I liked the concept a lot and the writers are to be commended for integrating two authors into a seamless story, which is very hard to do. On the other hand the authors made poor use of literary devices and the writing was ott and melodramatic in a way that works in a cheesy horror movie but not so much in a 400 page book. I also wasn't thrilled with the ending, it wasn't exactly a cliffhanger but I got no answers which frustrates me to no end since Tbh I skimmed the vast majority of this book. I liked the concept a lot and the writers are to be commended for integrating two authors into a seamless story, which is very hard to do. On the other hand the authors made poor use of literary devices and the writing was ott and melodramatic in a way that works in a cheesy horror movie but not so much in a 400 page book. I also wasn't thrilled with the ending, it wasn't exactly a cliffhanger but I got no answers which frustrates me to no end since I have zero intention of continuing the series

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jool

    A wicked good read! With a group of six (or more) high school students who knew well the missing Jessie, twenty years later a skeleton is found on their private school grounds, buried at the foot of a Madonna statue. Is it Jessie? Some don't think so, they are certain Jessie ran away all those years ago, as it was something she did often. The reader might wobble back and forth as to whether these are Jessies bones or not; but even worse is that there are so many in that high school group who cou A wicked good read! With a group of six (or more) high school students who knew well the missing Jessie, twenty years later a skeleton is found on their private school grounds, buried at the foot of a Madonna statue. Is it Jessie? Some don't think so, they are certain Jessie ran away all those years ago, as it was something she did often. The reader might wobble back and forth as to whether these are Jessies bones or not; but even worse is that there are so many in that high school group who could have killed her. This is set in a small town on the Oregon coast, and when the bones are found, the police detective who worked the case twenty years ago, is still on the force and is assigned this now cold case. It brings the group back together - for interrogations, reluctant meetings between themselves, and much speculation. And then there is Becca, who suffers from 'visions'. We don't know whether this is a supernatural story or a skewed mental state on the part of some of the characters. This book kept me turning the page, had a great twisty plot with plenty of mystery and more murders. I love author Lisa Jackson and this is another one of her great series. This is Book 1, which could be a standalone book (doesn't leave you hanging) although I'm interested in the entire series now. I recommend it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    It's a paranormal thriller as well as a romance...heavier on the paranormal. It's also a very long book and it was sometimes made even longer by the author...for some unknown reason... repeating lines verbatim in several different chapters. In spite of that small flaw...the characters are well developed and, even with its length, you just have to find out what was going to happen. There were lots of twists and turns and lots and lots of red herrings to keep the reader in suspense. Many times I I It's a paranormal thriller as well as a romance...heavier on the paranormal. It's also a very long book and it was sometimes made even longer by the author...for some unknown reason... repeating lines verbatim in several different chapters. In spite of that small flaw...the characters are well developed and, even with its length, you just have to find out what was going to happen. There were lots of twists and turns and lots and lots of red herrings to keep the reader in suspense. Many times I I thought I knew who did it, but I didn't actually figure that out until nearly the end. I always have felt that If a writer can keep the mystery going until the very end then they have done their best job. Any mystery and suspense or thriller fan will love this trilogy...and this is only book 1.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beth Lechman

    Full of suspense that builds until the very last page.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bethann

    Really disturbing: the frequency in which the main deceased *16 YEAR OLD* character is described as “sexy” “alluring” and “irresistible”. Really killed most of the novel for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Roxie Gallinger

    Reading thinking it would go one way, but it turned another way I wasn't expecting Reading thinking it would go one way, but it turned another way I wasn't expecting

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cristy McCormick

    This book seemed to drag on for a lot longer than it needed to. It was somewhat redundant and predictable. That being said there were a few highlights and moments that made me want to find out what was going to happen next but in between the exciting parts, I found myself making it a chore to read the book to get through the lulls. It was a different book than what I would normally read but I had also gotten it for free on Bookbub. I normally try to read all the way through a series but since th This book seemed to drag on for a lot longer than it needed to. It was somewhat redundant and predictable. That being said there were a few highlights and moments that made me want to find out what was going to happen next but in between the exciting parts, I found myself making it a chore to read the book to get through the lulls. It was a different book than what I would normally read but I had also gotten it for free on Bookbub. I normally try to read all the way through a series but since this book was the start of two different series' that intertwined, I just decided that I really didn't want to pursue any more of the books. I wasn't happy enough with this one to give the rest a shot. Its time to move onto a better book or series that keeps me on the edge of my seat! Also I would like to mention that the writing seemed somewhat directed to a younger audience but I would not recommend it for young readers. There was definitely a dark plot to this book with lots of sexuality throughout.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (BTH Reviews)

    Wicked Game is the first book in The Colony series (also known as The Wicked series) by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. I read this book because this is a series I have been wanting to read for a long time. I have all of the books, the newest Wicked Ways as an ARC from Netgalley, and it was time to get reading on these :) The book was an interesting romantic suspense with danger and secrets mixed with some paranormal aspects like visions and psychic abilities. It also has a police procedural feel be Wicked Game is the first book in The Colony series (also known as The Wicked series) by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. I read this book because this is a series I have been wanting to read for a long time. I have all of the books, the newest Wicked Ways as an ARC from Netgalley, and it was time to get reading on these :) The book was an interesting romantic suspense with danger and secrets mixed with some paranormal aspects like visions and psychic abilities. It also has a police procedural feel because part of the book is told from the point of view of the investigating detective. I enjoyed reading this book because the atmosphere evoked the emotions it intended to bring out in the reader. The detailed descriptions include all of the character’s senses to really give a good picture of the setting and characters. By about the midway point in the book, I couldn’t put it down. I was supposed to be doing other things, but I sat at the kitchen table and read it the rest of the way through. On the other hand, this book had some problems. Some were minor, but others were bothersome. The first person accounts confused me, especially at the beginning. I thought the main character Becca was having a vision, but I figured out a few pages later that wasn’t whose point of view it was. It didn’t become clear to me right away that the first person accounts were the point of view of the killer. Because this problem didn’t last very long, I’d say this is one of the minor problems. Another minor problem was that the authors overused the word “copse.” I was going to scream if the characters saw another copse of trees. A third minor problem showed up on page 416. The authors called Becca by Jessie’s name. I don’t know if this was a mistake or intentional. If it was intentional, I never understood the reasoning behind it. A fourth minor problem was that we never find out what Mitch knew about Jessie. It was implied that he knew something about her disappearance or something related to her in some other way, but it was never explained. As for bigger problems, I have two I would like to mention. First, I found more than one place in the book where details didn’t match up with something written earlier in the book. For example, a character would contradict something he/she said or did earlier. The second bigger problem was I was very disappointed with the explanations given for Scott’s behavior and situation. The details throughout the book didn’t match up with the explanations given. I kept expecting a twist that would resolve these incongruities, but a twist never came. I can overlook the minor things because they are kind of nit-picky, but the bigger problems definitely impact my rating of the book. However, I did think the authors excelled at keeping the story suspenseful, realistic, and fast-moving. I will continue reading this series. If you’re in it for the thrill and you’re not expecting a literary masterpiece, I recommend trying Wicked Game.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alasandra Alawine

    Twenty years ago when Jessie vanished Detective Sam McNally "Mac" was the only one who believed foul play was involved in her disappearance. Unfortunately he suspected one of the "boys" from her school whom he termed the Preppy Pricks of being involved and harassed them. Now a body has been found on the grounds of St Elizabeth's high school and everyone believes the remains to be Jessie's. Her friends gather to discuss her disappearance and Renee (Hudson's twin sister) reveals that she plans to Twenty years ago when Jessie vanished Detective Sam McNally "Mac" was the only one who believed foul play was involved in her disappearance. Unfortunately he suspected one of the "boys" from her school whom he termed the Preppy Pricks of being involved and harassed them. Now a body has been found on the grounds of St Elizabeth's high school and everyone believes the remains to be Jessie's. Her friends gather to discuss her disappearance and Renee (Hudson's twin sister) reveals that she plans to do a story on Jessie's disappearance and murder. When her investigation gets to close she is ran off the road and killed. When the autopsy reveals that Jessie was pregnant at the time of her death the baby is believed to be Hudson's (her boyfriend at the time) but DNA testing reveals that Hudson's best friend Zeke was actually the baby's father. But neither boy was aware that Jessie was pregnant so Mac, doesn't believe that was the motive for her death. Becca Sutcliff and Hudson reunite their high school romance, but someone is stalking Becca. DNA testing delivers another surprise Becca (who didn't even know she was adopted) is Jessie's sister. Digging into her past she learns she came from Siren Song (considered a cult by the locals) and that her birth Mother was Mary Durant. Her Aunt Catherine Rutledge refuses to admit her to Siren Song as she fears that will put her in further danger from Justice Turnbull (Mad Maddie's son) who is convinced that God sent him on a mission to wipe out the seed from Siren Song, before they can breed. Justice was taken into custody after stabbing Mad Maddie, but he is already plotting his escape.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    Technically this book achieved all I could want from a new book: a heroine I liked and saw emotional growth in, a hunky good guy for the hero, a storyline quite different than what I've read lately, more than one plot twist and chills and thrills galore. Ms. Jackson & Ms. Bush (this book was written with her sister) added a strong secondary character line with McNalley the detective and his iffy partner Gretchen. And finally, they left the door open for more of the same in future books. I must al Technically this book achieved all I could want from a new book: a heroine I liked and saw emotional growth in, a hunky good guy for the hero, a storyline quite different than what I've read lately, more than one plot twist and chills and thrills galore. Ms. Jackson & Ms. Bush (this book was written with her sister) added a strong secondary character line with McNalley the detective and his iffy partner Gretchen. And finally, they left the door open for more of the same in future books. I must also complement the authors on their ability to seamlessly combine their talents and words; there was not one paragraph that felt wrong due to their combined voice. That said, I didn't get invested in this book. I was able to put it down easily, even during the grande finale. I was chilled by the words but didn't feel scared. I was always a bystander and not an active participant, something a really good story and a really good author can induce. I will continue to "read" Ms. Jackson's books, and hope to "fall in love" with one of them. That's what I read books for, after all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dottie Aubel

    What a great thriller! Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush teamed up to write a story with a killer that will give you chills. Wicked Game revolves around Becca Sutcliff and a tight group of friends from St. Elizabeth High School. In 1989, Jessie Brentwood, a member of that group of friends goes missing. Everyone naturally assumes that she has run away, because that is what she has done many times before. Twenty years go by before a body is found on the campus of St Elizabeth's. A lot of que What a great thriller! Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush teamed up to write a story with a killer that will give you chills. Wicked Game revolves around Becca Sutcliff and a tight group of friends from St. Elizabeth High School. In 1989, Jessie Brentwood, a member of that group of friends goes missing. Everyone naturally assumes that she has run away, because that is what she has done many times before. Twenty years go by before a body is found on the campus of St Elizabeth's. A lot of questions arise as to the identification of the unearthed bones. Could the bones be Jessie's? If so, what happened? The group of friends gather to discuss the possibilities and what it all means. As Becca and the other friends start seeking answers, someone is trying to stop them. I love good mysteries and thrillers and this one will not disappoint.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roxann

    I haven't read many of Lisa Jackson's books. I found this one at a consignment store and thought what the heck. This book starts with a 20 year old mystery--a teen had disappeared. Bones are found and slowly throughout the book others are killed. They are all related somehow to the missing girl from years ago. I just finished reading it and I really enjoyed it! It was suspenseful and it kept me guessing until the end. My one criticism is at the end, I think the authors could have explained WHY e I haven't read many of Lisa Jackson's books. I found this one at a consignment store and thought what the heck. This book starts with a 20 year old mystery--a teen had disappeared. Bones are found and slowly throughout the book others are killed. They are all related somehow to the missing girl from years ago. I just finished reading it and I really enjoyed it! It was suspenseful and it kept me guessing until the end. My one criticism is at the end, I think the authors could have explained WHY everything happened. The book seemed to just end with questions left unanswered. All in all, a good book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daelith

    A bit drawn out for my taste. Could have been shorter (443 pages) if we didn't have to keep rehashing the same issues over and over. After I finished, I still felt like I was missing something. I know this is part of a series and, from the ending, there will be more. Maybe some of the other books will explain the colony better. Not sure I'm up to them though. Seems the older I get the less patience I have for the hand wring, "what should I do" type characters. I like more action and less mental A bit drawn out for my taste. Could have been shorter (443 pages) if we didn't have to keep rehashing the same issues over and over. After I finished, I still felt like I was missing something. I know this is part of a series and, from the ending, there will be more. Maybe some of the other books will explain the colony better. Not sure I'm up to them though. Seems the older I get the less patience I have for the hand wring, "what should I do" type characters. I like more action and less mental wallowing over the could of, should of, would of situations.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    First thing to know is that this is a 3 part series, some questions will not be fully answered. I believe Jackson wrapped things up nicely to move onto the next book. Also this is a supernatural somewhat romantic murder mystery. I do find some parts repetitive; it feels like the characters have to remind themselves what is going on every few chapters. Some of the dialogue is choppy between characters making it seem unnatural. Overall I did enjoy the story, characters, and plot. I am eager to see First thing to know is that this is a 3 part series, some questions will not be fully answered. I believe Jackson wrapped things up nicely to move onto the next book. Also this is a supernatural somewhat romantic murder mystery. I do find some parts repetitive; it feels like the characters have to remind themselves what is going on every few chapters. Some of the dialogue is choppy between characters making it seem unnatural. Overall I did enjoy the story, characters, and plot. I am eager to see if Justice will prevail.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ginnie Grant

    Fans of nora roberts/ JB Robb would love this book. in the beginning the suspense was very taut and evenly paced. The plot twists thrown around the middle were great though one I kind of suspected. The difference for me with this being a three star read instead of a four is that towards the end it got a little rushed and left more questions than answers. I understand the ladies were seguing into another book but I wanted this one to have just a little more resolution. Will definitely be looking Fans of nora roberts/ JB Robb would love this book. in the beginning the suspense was very taut and evenly paced. The plot twists thrown around the middle were great though one I kind of suspected. The difference for me with this being a three star read instead of a four is that towards the end it got a little rushed and left more questions than answers. I understand the ladies were seguing into another book but I wanted this one to have just a little more resolution. Will definitely be looking for more books of hers in this series and otherwise.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This book was all mixed up. At times it read like a cheap romance novel, others like a good mystery and at others like something that was just tossed out there because of the author's name. Parts of the book were interesting but overall this was a disappointment. This book was all mixed up. At times it read like a cheap romance novel, others like a good mystery and at others like something that was just tossed out there because of the author's name. Parts of the book were interesting but overall this was a disappointment.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Dragged horribly, introduced more mysteries at the end than solved, 3/4 of the book was taken up with red herrings and how THEY were resolved, leaving very little that was actually about the story itself. Very obviously setting itself up for a sequel, doesn't really stand alone very well. Dragged horribly, introduced more mysteries at the end than solved, 3/4 of the book was taken up with red herrings and how THEY were resolved, leaving very little that was actually about the story itself. Very obviously setting itself up for a sequel, doesn't really stand alone very well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Moxley

    Good book. It left you guessing and changing your opinion all through the book. I really wish it had hit on more of the stuff at the very end of the book rather than leave you hanging.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim Manley

    New author for me, once it got going I was pleasantly surprised

  29. 5 out of 5

    Assia Yahyaoui

    Too many events are repeated and this brings stress to the reader

  30. 5 out of 5

    cheryl

    i would not recommend this book. it was hard to get thru.

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