This was a fun prompt to find a book for! Loads of great suggestions featuring board games being shared. I went with Guess Who by Chris McGeorge.
What’s it about?
The rules are simple.
But the game is not.
At eleven years old, Morgan Sheppard solved the murder of a teacher when everyone else believed it to be a suicide. The publicity surrounding the case laid the foundation for his reputation as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He parlayed that fame into a gig as TV’s “resident detective,” solving the more typical tawdry daytime talk show mysteries like “Who is the father?” and “Is he cheating?”
Until, that is, Sheppard wakes up handcuffed to a bed in an unfamiliar hotel room. Around him, five strangers are slowly waking up, as well. Soon they discover a corpse in the bathtub and Sheppard is challenged to put his deductive skills to the test. One of the people in the room is the killer. He has three hours to solve the murder. If he doesn’t find the killer, they all will die.
An ingenious, page-turning debut, Chris McGeorge’s Guess Who matches the high-wire plotting of classic “locked room” mysteries into the unstoppable pacing of the modern-day thriller.
What I think:
This is such a great premise.
Morgan Sheppard wakes up in a hotel room. There’s a dead body and five strangers in there with him. He has only three hours to work out who the killer is otherwise they will all die.
Morgan has to use his TV ‘detective’ skills to work out what is going on.
This is a complex and complicated mystery. At first it seems as if there is no connection between the people. Morgan has to work out why they have all been chosen.
This was a pretty slow pace for a thriller. As its all set in one hotel room, there is literally nowhere for the characters to go so there is a lot of dialogue and insight into Morgan’s thinking.
This is definitely intriguing. It fell a little flat for me because of the pace and Morgan can be a bit self-indulgent. But it there were some unexpected twists along the way and the characters and their backstories were interesting.
Overall this was an enjoyable read if not a great one.