A Game for All the Family: A Novel

A Game for All the Family: A Novel

by Sophie Hannah


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ISBN-13: 9780594859949
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 86,086
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

SOPHIE HANNAH is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers, which have been published in 51 countries and adapted for television, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot novel authorized by the estate of Agatha Christie, and the follow up The Closed Casket. Sophie is also the author of a self-help book, How to Hold a Grudge, and hosts the podcast of the same name. She lives in Cambridge, UK.

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A Game for All the Family 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the main character! Overall I enjoyed the book itself...BUT I do wish it would have ended differently.
OliverGB More than 1 year ago
What starts out as intriguing, becomes boring, convoluted and with an ending that isn't believable.
OliverGB More than 1 year ago
What starts out as intriguing, becomes boring, convoluted and with an ending that isn't believable.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The thing about psychological thrillers is that you will undoubtedly get fans who love it or will be stuck like a deer in the headlights, not quite sure what just happened. That is to be expected. On the heels of such novels like The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, fans of this novel by Sophie Hannah, A Game For All The Family will be one of two. Either you will love it or you will be completely lost by what happened. That's what makes things like this novel work. You aren't supposed to make sense of it sometimes. So how to describe this novel without giving too much away. You have a family that has sold their home and is moving into a new one complete with a new future ahead. For Justine Merrison, she has walked away from a career in the entertainment industry and is beginning a new one. One doing absolutely NOTHING. As she likes to explain. No where to be, no deadlines, no one to report to. Even the simple task like taking her daughter Ellen to school is an option, not required as the bus can take her to the prestigious school they have picked out. For her husband Alex, he travels quite a bit, so having a place in any one city is not a necessity. Another option. But now enter the unexplained which readers hope will be explained later in the novel. Don't want to give it all away too soon right? They pass by a row of houses that don't look like the place anyone would ever want to live. They are run-down and in the midst of a busy freeway as well. But for some reason, Justine feels a pull to a particular house without understanding the reason why. Her daughter and husband think she has lost it, and soon once it is long gone in the rear view mirror, things begin to get back to normal. The family moves into a home called the Speedwell House as most homes in London don't really have house numbers but house names instead. Everything is as it should be and soon they all settle into what some would call a routine sense of normal. Until Ellen arrives home four months later from school with her latest assignment for English, writing a story. It is what is in the story that has Justine puzzled, as most readers would simply laugh it off as a fictional tale. But it is something about the names and the way she has laid out a family tree, that begins the tale of "what is going on?" in the novel. Ellen begins to be withdrawn and her mother, wonders that is going on. She is definitely not the same daughter that she had more than four months ago. After countless attempts to discover what is going on, she learns that her best friend has been expelled from school under a misunderstanding about a coat she loaned him. As Justine goes to confront the head administrator at the school, she learns that no such child has existed at this school, therefore, no expulsion of a student she claimed was her best friend, George. Readers will then toggle between the story Ellen has written over time, in succeeding chapters, about a family of 5 that lived in this house and in which one of the daughters has murdered a childhood friend. I received A Game for All The Family by Sophie Hannah compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Don't get lost dear reader, hang in there til the end, where as most great novels, it all begins to make sense. You are taken back to look at everything and now see it with a different perspective but that is where things begin to accelerate until the end. I wasn't too happy with how it ended, leaving me want
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This is the first book that I have ever won from the Goodreads giveaways, so I really wanted to like it. And I did. I have read one other book by this author and she has a unique style of writing. It is difficult to explain. The plot is good and very roundabout and complex, and she is quite funny. Plus she is English, so I love that. The best way to describe Sophie Hannah's writing style is dream-like, sort of under water. She writes a good mystery, and this one was a story within a story, and I was not sure who was the crazy woman. Still not sure, actually:) So give it a read and see what you think!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Justine Merrison is leaving her current job to move to the country with her family. But this is not going to be the quiet home she was planning. She starts receiving disturbing phone calls from someone that has a lot of information on her but she knows nothing about. Then Ellen starts acting strangely. Ellen comes up with a strange story for a school assignment. The family is odd that get odder and odder as we hear about them and eventually lead to murder. Ellen has also become obsessed with George, a boy that the school insists doesn’t exist. Justine will need to get to the bottom of all of this quickly. This story is told in two parts that alternate between what is happening with Justine and her family and Ellen’s story. Although there is a lot happening, that seems to more confuse the reader than actually progress the story. I will admit that I was curious about what was really happening. But I’m sorry to say that I was really disappointed in the ending. Over all this is not a horrible story. I think with a different ending it would have been a better book. It is definitely one to try, I could see this being one of those books that you either really like or really hate. I received A Game for All the Family for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
SusieH5 More than 1 year ago
A psychological thriller which kept up the tension throughout, and kept me guessing until the end. Justine leaves London to settle in Devon with her family. After a demanding career she plans to do nothing at all. Daughter Ellen seems to be happy at school until her friend George is expelled. Strange anonymous phone calls become increasingly threatening and disturbing, and Justine’s husband Alex insists on involving the police. An intriguing story, well worth the read, with some interesting twists.