Book Review | These Deadly Games

These Deadly Games by Diana Urban

Publication Date: February 1st 2022

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You have 24 hours to win. If you break my rules, she dies. If you call the police, she dies. If you tell your parents or anyone else, she dies.

Are you ready?

When Crystal Donavan gets a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper’s game. At first, they make her complete bizarre tasks: steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, make a prank call.

But then Crystal realizes each task is meant to hurt—and kill—her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past, and wants them to pay for what they did…

As Crystal makes the impossible choices between her friends and her sister, she must uncover the truth and find a way to outplay the kidnapper… before it’s too late.

Author of All Your Twisted Secrets, Diana Urban’s explosive sophomore novel, These Deadly Games, will keep you riveted until the final twist is revealed.

I received this eARC in Exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

These past few years I’ve steered clear from reading YA. The last few books I’ve read that were YA I just didn’t seem to enjoy as much as I used to. So picking up this book and actually liking it really surprised me. Since I’ve never read this author before, I was really excited to see what her writing was going to be like. The second I started reading this book I knew it was one that I wouldn’t be able to put down easily. I thought that this book was really good. It was fast paced and filled with tons of twists and turns. I was heavily invested and often kept putting the book down because it was making me too anxious. I desperately wanted to know who Anonymous was but, at the same time I didn’t. I found both the plot and the ending of this book very shocking and it genuinely surprised me. I truly didn’t see that coming. 


About the Author:

Diana Urban is an author of dark, twisty thrillers, including All Your Twisted Secrets (HarperTeen) and These Deadly Games (Wednesday Books, 2022). When she’s not torturing fictional characters, she works in digital marketing for startups. She lives with her husband and cat in Boston and enjoys reading, playing video games, fawning over cute animals, and looking at the beach from a safe distance.

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