The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby. (2016).
*Young Adult book*
*4 out of 5 stars*
Nico’s older sister Sarah disappeared almost four years ago and everyone was devastated other than Nico; Nico was relieved to be free from Sarah’s cruelty. But now Sarah has been found, and she’s different – different in looks and in personality. Sarah is suffering from amnesia and doesn’t remember what happened the day she disappeared and anything since then. That day still haunts Nico, and soon it is clear that more than one person knows what really happened to Sarah…
This story is intriguing. The author writes at the end that she was inspired by a mysterious true crime story (I won’t say what it is so the story isn’t spoiled but I had heard of that case before and it certainly is an interesting one) and I would say that inspiration worked really well for this book. The narration swaps between Nico in present tense and Sarah in past tense. I think this novel would be enjoyed by both young adults and grown adults who enjoy reading mystery/thriller/drama novels. It is fairly dark in parts for a young adult novel however that does seem to be the trend with YA lately. Overall a well-written, engaging read that won’t take you long to finish and will keep you interested from beginning to end.