Review: The Killing Game by J.S. Carol (no spoilers)




The Killing Game by J.S. Carol

Series: Standalone

Published by Bookouture

October 13th 2016

Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Pages: 380

Format: E-book

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, are as always, my own.*

Publicist JJ Johnson is having lunch when a masked, armed gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage – including Hollywood’s hottest stars. JJ can make any problem disappear and turn ordinary people into global superstars. But this is one situation way out of her control.

As word spreads of the siege, the hostage victims are bargaining for their lives against a twisted individual who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

With the bomb designed to detonate if the gunman’s heart rate changes, killing him is not an option. But with only four hours to stop him, JJ will have to think fast to stop a terrifying nightmare becoming reality.


The story develops in an exclusive restaurant in Los Angeles called Alfie’s, and it is mainly frequented by Hollywood’s elite.

It spans a period of 4 hours, as a masked gunman holding a vest bomb enters the restaurant and takes the ones inside hostage. During that time he plays terrifying games with them that normally end bad for the hostage.

But the million dollar question is…

Who is he and what does he want?


This was the most thrilling book I have ever read in my life! I couldn’t have loved it more!

The book is narrated in many different POVs, but the main one is JJ aka Jody Johnson. She is one of the hostages and the only one we have a POV on. We can see how intense and terrifying it is to be on their side, and you actually start to feel like if you were there.

The masked man is a total psychopath, and even tho in the end we understand the “why he did it” it’s still not enough to feel compassion for more than 5 seconds.

We have also the POV of the media. That is actually very fun and revolting at the same time. The author made an awesome job in every aspect of making it seem realistic. But the media one was the one that most shocked me although I already knew how it would be. It’s so inhuman that someone would put their job in front of someone else’s life… but it would certainly happen. Especially with the media and with famous people. It’s a very nice perspective and quite traumatic since they don’t use bombs or guns, but with only knowledge they could do as much damage.

This book was passed in 4 hours and even those seem realistic. But when he is playing games, you feel like it’s passing way too slow, although your heart keeps beating in a faster pace than usual!

The writing was amazing! It was easy to read but carried a lot of emotion and tension. It was addicting. Both the writing and the story made the book intense, frightening and in some parts just plain brutal! It was hands down the best thriller I have ever read!

If you enjoy fast-paced and heart-pounding thrillers, this is the book for you! Because for sure my heart have never beaten faster with any other book!




4 thoughts on “Review: The Killing Game by J.S. Carol (no spoilers)

  1. I love this book and I agree with everything you’ve said. Its one of the most thrilling reads for me too.I really liked the media angle too because it added a different POV. It did add to the tension too because I thought they would end up revealing details that may put some people at risk. I never understood why the villain chose the specific media house though for all exclusives. Great review!

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    • Thank you! I decided to read this book because of your review! 😀 I’m not sure but I think that with what happened, he got a bit of an aversion to important/rich persons and well everything. Since that media was the less popular/rich of the 3, he ended up choosing them, I think he wanted to give them a chance of being important for a change. Like he wanted to give the same chance for his daughter with all this.


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