The Stranger Game

The Stranger Game

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When Nico Morris's older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah's daily cruelties. Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found. But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She's thin and drawn, when Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah's retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical -- where she's been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062354600
0062354604
Branch Call Number: / FICTION BUSBY CYLIN
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 22 cm

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CASSIE ERIN KELLEY
Feb 25, 2020

This book is good, but I’m conflicted about what to rate it. I’m caught between 3 and 4 stars. It’s a great read with a mystery about Nico’s sister Sarah, and when she’s found after four years of being missing, but there’s a dark twist that makes me hesitant to rate it higher just because it came out of the blue. There seemed to be no buildup toward Nico’s secret.

That being said, this was a fascinating book with both Sarah’s and Nico’s POVs as the mystery grows. This is a great look at sisterhood, the consequences of being a cruel sister, and what it is to be a true sister. The style is great, and the characters are rich, especially Nico and her family. It was just the dark twist that bothers me.

I’d recommend this to older teens and up. There is pain, tragedy, and referenced abuse (between the sisters as well as in Sarah’s memories) and the twist is particularly dark, but it is interesting. If you like a good mystery and an interesting twist, this is the book for you.

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zoeythekat
Feb 28, 2019

Compelling and intriguing. I don't want to say too much for fear of giving it away, but this book and the mysteries within it kept hooked throughout.

SnoIsleLib_KathyS Apr 21, 2017

If your sister disappears one day, how does that affect you and your family? What happens when she comes back? This is a story about whether you really want to know the truth, and what really makes a family.

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