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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

REVIEW: Guess Who by Chris McGeorge @Hanover_Square #ChrisMcGeorge

Guess Who
by Chris McGeorge

Thanks to Hanover Square Press for this review copy.
A locked room mystery and keeps you guessing!


Publisher:  Hanover Square Press
Publish Date:  September 18, 2018
368 Pages
Genres: Locked Room Mystery, Thriller

The rules are simple.

But the game is not.
At eleven years old, Morgan Sheppard solved the murder of a teacher when everyone else believed it to be a suicide. The publicity surrounding the case laid the foundation for his reputation as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He parlayed that fame into a gig as TV’s “resident detective,” solving the more typical tawdry daytime talk show mysteries like “Who is the father?” and “Is he cheating?”

Until, that is, Sheppard wakes up handcuffed to a bed in an unfamiliar hotel room. Around him, five strangers are slowly waking up, as well. Soon they discover a corpse in the bathtub and Sheppard is challenged to put his deductive skills to the test. One of the people in the room is the killer. He has three hours to solve the murder. If he doesn’t find the killer, they all will die.

My Review:

So here's the thing.  I was in it to win it with this book.  Had me captured from the first page.. and then about 3/4 of the way in… I was like waiiiit a minuuuteee… is this like SAW but NOT?  And luckily it didn't go quite in the direction that I thought it would but it did veer in a completely different direction that I didn't expect (serious kudos for that) but also like WHAT?!  

The short chapters keep you moving quickly through the book.  I LOVE hating on characters and I absolutely hated on Sheppard but I think I could've hated him MORE.  Ya hear me??  I'm supremely torn in how to write this review. The idea behind it is amazing.  I totally can suspend some reality. I can think "OH SHIT, who did I piss off and what's going to happen to me??"  I can also realize that if I was ever in a locked room situation where I had to solve a murder or the strangers (and I) died within a three hour period - well quite frankly, sorry people - we're ALL dying.

Ultimately, I thoroughly did enjoy this book.  I really, truly did.  However, the ending was a little bit off-putting to me.  I would've preferred it had it gone <this way> <---- no spoilers here, folks but maybe that's just a me thing...  regardless, this is a fast paced and entertaining read.  I just wanted... a little... bit... more.  


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