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Even If We Break – Marieke Nijkamp

RATING: ★★★☆☆
TITLE: Even If We Break
AUTHOR: Marieke Nijkamp
RELEASE DATE: September 15, 2020
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
GENRE(S): YA Thriller/Mystery, LGBT

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for my DRC of this title in exchange for my honest review.


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.

Are you ready to play?

Even If We Break tells the story of five friends who have been playing a roll playing fantasy game for years as a group. After years apart, they come back together for one last game. But this time, the game is real. They are really being hunted and attacked and they must work together or fall apart completely.

I loved the representation in this book. Each of the friends were very different and unique. They all have their own separate struggles and obstacles. You are left to determine if they can figure things out and get out of this last game alive or if they suffer a deadly fate.

What didn’t work for me was something I could not really put my finger on. I liked the characters and the way they interacted. I enjoyed so much that this author included such an array of different characters. We have a couple of differently abled people, one from a physical and one from a mental aspect. And we have a non binary character whole I liked a lot.

I think I just didn’t connect completely with the story and the world that is created in this one. It is definitely worth reading still, but I don’t think I would classify this as a thriller, which is what I went into it thinking it would be. Instead it seems more a psychological mystery.


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