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The Blame Game

by C. J. Cooke

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LoveReading View on The Blame Game

What an addictive and powerful book this is, I gobbled it up in one heady sitting and then sat and had a good ponder as certain aspects of this read knocked at the door to my consciousness. Two people have spent the last twenty-two years trying to forget, but someone is determined, no matter what, that they will remember. The first few pages really set the scene in a simple yet clever way, then I was hit by a wallop of an opening. Each chapter is headed by a character and a date, two main time frames are explored, time is sliced, spliced, offering a doorway to answers. As I read my mind explored possibilities, evaluated decisions, examined each character, their thoughts, their feelings. C. J. Cook balances the plot beautifully, keeping it taut, yet encouraging exploration in the moment. ‘The Blame Game’ (which is an absolutely perfect title) is a dramatic, enthralling and ultimately very satisfying read.

Liz Robinson

The Blame Game Synopsis

The gripping new thriller from the author of I KNOW MY NAME He said he'd do anything to protect her. She said she'd do anything to protect her family. And they both said they would forget what happened twenty-two years ago. But now it seems that there is someone who will stop at nothing to make them remember... Who is playing the blame game?

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The Blame Game Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Intriguing, intense and addictive – a must-read for anyone who loves a great psychological thriller. Full review

Alexandra Harper-Williams

A real page-turner - keeps you guessing all the way through. Full review

Doreen McKeown

Told from various points of view. This well-crafted thriller flits from the past to the present and cleverly ties the two together. An enjoyable read. Full review

Gail Phillips

A heart-wrenching story of grief, guilt and family, and the extreme lengths you’ll go to save those you love. Full review

Tiffany Chevis

Each chapter of this book created more questions then it answered, resulting in an addictive book I found difficult to put down. Full review

Rebecca Gilpin

Was unable to put this book down. Full review

James Wilson

Twists and turns galore and sympathetic characters made this a great read! Full review

Gill Burn

Intricate and suspenseful, this will keep you guessing right up to the very end and pondering long after. The Blame Game is a cracking read! Full review

S. Harper

Helen and Michael have been trying to keep 'under the radar' for the last twenty odd years but now their past may have caught up with them. An unusual psychological thriller with a dramatic ending. Full review

Sue G

A grippng read, twists and turns from the first page to the last. Full review

Neil Williams

This was an absolutely amazing read that I could not put down! Full review

Rachel Corlett

A great fast-paced page-turner that will leave you in a spin. Full review

Carol Peace

Fast paced and easy to read with a shocking twist. Great book! Full review

Natalie Plant

This is a fascinating psychological thriller which managed to bring a new perspective to the exploration of memory and loss. Heartily recommended! Full review

Jennifer Stoddart

A gripping, page turning thriller. Hard to put down. Full review

Maya ehrmann

The Blame Game Press Reviews

Praise for C. J. Cooke:

`An atmospheric, mysterious and intense read that resonates long after you turn the last page. It's a stunning psychological thriller, rich with mystery and full of heart' C. L. Taylor

`If you haven't read it, you MUST! So, so good and very clever. Will keep you guessing the whole way through!' C. J. Tudor

`Chilling and intelligent' Nuala Ellwood

`Utterly compelling and unnervingly twisty' Caroline Smailes

`Intense, thrilling and layered with issues of modern life, this is grip-lit at its best' ELLE

This is an astonishing thriller...with gorgeous writing and a stunning conclusion, this novel has catapulted onto my shortlist of the best suspense novels I've read all year

Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing

`An intriguing and psychological thriller' Sunday People

'Dark and emotionally compelling. Cooke handles the subject matter expertly. Eloise is just mesmerising. Excellent'

'Beautifully complex yet simply told in a way that really digs deep into the themes that anchor the tale... Really terrific. Just excellent'

'So intriguing and well written that I was unable to prise myself from the book until I had read every word within' -

'I Know My Name is cleverly complex and thought provoking as well as being a compulsive page turner and comes thoroughly recommended'

`This book has really left me speechless. I cannot begin to explain how utterly brilliant this book was and I have a feeling that it's going to stay with me for a long time'

'This is a thriller with more than just the usual twists and turns. It could well be described as dark and disturbing'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008237561
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008237561
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: C. J. Cooke
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About C. J. Cooke

C.J. Cooke is an acclaimed, award-winning poet, novelist and academic with numerous other publications under the name of Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Born in Belfast, she has a PhD in Literature from Queen's University, Belfast, and is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she researches creative writing interventions for mental health. I KNOW MY NAME was C.J. Cooke's first psychological drama and was inspired by her creative work in mental health.There is a TV adaptation is in development. C.J. Cooke lives by the sea with her family.

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