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Review: Wicked Game by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

Review: Wicked Game by Lisa Jackson and Nancy BushAuthor: Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
Title: Wicked Game
Series: The Colony, Wicked
Publisher: Zebra Books
Pages: 480
Release Date: 2009-02-01
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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?
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Never Die Alone
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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. 


About Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, includingAfraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.

Before she became a nationally bestselling author, Lisa Jackson was a mother struggling to keep food on the table by writing novels, hoping against hope that someone would pay her for them. Today, neck deep in murder, her books appear on The New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly national bestseller lists.

With over thirty bestsellers to her name, Lisa Jackson is a master of taking readers to the edge of sanity – and back – in novels that buzz with dangerous secrets and deadly passions.  She continues to be fascinated by the minds and motives of both her killers and their pursuers—the personal, the professional and downright twisted.  As she builds the puzzle of relationships, actions, clues, lies and personal histories that haunt her protagonists, she must also confront the fear and terror faced by her victims, and the harsh and enduring truth that, in the real world, terror and madness touch far too many lives and families.

(bio from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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