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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
The Game: The Valley Book 1
by Krystyna Kuhn
Age Range: 14+
The Game is set in the mysterious Grace College which is located, in a remote isolated valley in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The College is an elite school for the highly gifted, but for sister and brother Julia and Robert Frost it is a much-needed escape from their past.
When a student goes missing and is then discovered to have drowned in the lake, Julia and Robert realise that they are not the only ones with a secret – the valley and its occupants have many of their own.
German writer Krystyna Kuhn has written a real page-turning thriller with suspense lurking around every corner. All of the characters are well defined – ditzy Debbie who annoys everyone including the reader with her constant babble, the bald but beautiful enigmatic Rose, the obsessive film-maker Benjamin who constantly has a video camera in his hand and the cool and aloof Chris who tries to befriend Julia. All are not as they seem and the clever writing ensures that the reader begins to be suspicious of everyone as they travel deeper into the story.
Julia and Robert’s past slowly unravels as the story goes on but many of the answers are not revealed until the final pages. A must read for fans of mystery that just keeps you guessing right until the very end. The book ends on a cliff-hanger with readers being left wanting more. The second title in the series - The Crash was published in 2012.