The Assassin Game (Paperback)

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It was just a game…until it wasn't. Will Cate discover the assassin before it's too late? Perfect for fans of teen mystery books!

TAG. You're It…

At Cate's isolated boarding school Killer is more than a game—it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "killed" during a series of thrilling pranks—and only the Game Master knows who the "killer" is. When Cate's finally invited to join The Guild of Assassins, she thinks it's her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save The Guild. But can she find the real assassin—before she's the next target?

"An intriguing, tightly wound mystery. The game is on!" —Hannah Jayne, author of Truly, Madly, Deadly and Twisted

Perfect for those looking for:

  • Teen books for girls ages 11–14
  • Secret societies in fiction
  • Psychological thrillers

About the Author

Kirsty is a former actress and has written children’s plays for commercial theatre. In 2008, she won SCBWI’s competition to find new writers. She was born in the UK, but now lives in Boston, USA, with her husband and daughter. She is the author of The Assassin Game and Have You Seen My Sister. Visit for more.

Praise For…

"McKay keeps things ambiguous so that readers will continue guessing until the true culprit is revealed in the climactic scene. Her witty, self-deprecating voice captures the thrill of belonging and the complicated emotions that come with new money. Smart, edge-of-the-seat thrills." — Kirkus Reviews

"Umfraville Hall, an exclusive boarding school on the windswept Welsh island of Skola, is an ideal setting for a mystery that takes a few cues from Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None… McKay (Undead) pokes a bit of fun at teen angst, using Cate’s wry voice to tell this twisty whodunit." — Publishers Weekly

"Fans of elusive thrillers like Gail Giles’s What Happened to Cass McBride will enjoy this book thoroughly. Lovers of mystery and suspense and those who appreciate a good boarding school story will also engage with this fast-moving and adrenaline-packed novel." — School Library Journal

"McKay’s world building is topnotch and the suspense palpable." — Booklist

"Red-herrings abound in this page-turner… The fast-moving plot will motivate readers to sort through the many characters, guess at their motives, and spot the real criminal." — VOYA Magazine

"An exhilarating thriller from start to finish, this action packed book is full of betrayals, mystery and heartbreak. Both the Game and Cate’s love life kept us guessing until the end." — Justine Magazine

"Perfect for readers looking for a good "scary" novel...THE ASSASSIN GAME has the perfect amount of romance, suspense, and action to make for a wonderful read." — TeenReads

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492632757
ISBN-10: 1492632759
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English