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A Game of Lies: This reality TV show has a dark side... The twisty Sunday Times top 10 bestselling thriller (DC Morgan)

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There is a bit of a social commentary on the nature of reality shows and the lengths people will go to be famous.

Thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Wanneer er uiteindelijk zelfs een moord wordt gepleegd, weet Ffion dat al haar verdachten een alibi hebben. To add to the drama one contestant goes missing and in comes DC Ffion Morgan and when a murder happens that they hear shouts play out in real time who is the culprit?A Game of Lies is an aptly titled police procedural about seven reality TV contestants who become suspects in a murder. I think the soured relationship between the two is actually the entire reason that I didn't like this one as much as its predecessor. There are lots of twists and turns, one of which is that the contestants have been given false information about the premise of the show and one of the contestants chooses to leave because of this. We have Dave the super rescue dog, who adds so much entertainment from the very start, a bunch of reality contestants caught in a game of lies controlled by a very unlikeable producer and detectives all watching it unfold on tv during the investigation.

Although I haven’t read the first book of this series yet, I’ve had it for months just haven’t gotten around to reading it, I was able to read this one with no issue. Detective Ffion Morgan has to put aside what she's watched on screen, and find out who these people really are - knowing she can't trust any of them.In addition, she uses a lot of Welsh phrases that aren’t always immediately translated, which adds to the setting. Immediately, they go from being excited about being on a reality show, to terrified about what the producer knows and what will happen when their secret is revealed on live television. When a production company arrives to shoot a controversial reality show, Exposure, there is excitement in the small village. When one of the contestants goes missing before the revelation process, turning it into a murder mystery, the authorities get involved in the investigation. Still my heart belonged to Dave, Ffion’s recently adopted rescue, from the moment he was introduced as “a large, hairy heap beneath Ffion’s desk”.

Het leugenspel' is zeker wel leuk om gelezen te hebben, maar ik vind de losstaande verhalen van Clare Mackintosh toch wat beter dan deze serie. Instead of a survival show, they have inadvertently signed up for a exposure show, where you have to win to not having your secrets exposed. Picking up Ffion’s story, and the filming of a reality show set in the fictional village of Pen Y Ddraig, I was hooked from the start. After the earth-shattering end of the first book, the story continues a few weeks forward from where we left off, with Ffion adopting Dave, a very needy, couch-eating, people-jumping, fart-bombing, humongous dog from the shelter.The second Ffion and Leo crime novel, with the action taking place during filming of a very plausible reality tv show. Suspects abound – Miles has not just alienated all the contestants but also his presenter, who feels her nascent television reputation will be compromised by association with such a cruel show, his other staff, whom her has regularly humiliated, and local traders whom he has been tardy to pay. He’s well matched with Ffion who is such a brilliant character, she’s funny, a motor mouth, great at her job and rather impossible to both live with and without. It was told from sev points of view which was very well done and there was no confusion as this can sometimes arise, and I did find some of it amusing eg with Fiona and her dog,Dave, However I found the Welsh phrase and words annoying and found the campsite hard to visualise.

Of note: I will say I prematurely rated this one 4 stars because of the way I thought things were wrapping up with Dave, but I kept reading and loved the ending and am happy to report this one gets five glowing stars from me! The second part is the disappearance of someone on the cast of a reality show - the case that sends both detectives scrambling.

I think my only negative is how Ffion behaves in this book, felt like she was more harsh/ rash in her decision making and less her usual self. You know those 80s rom-coms where all of the drama could have been avoided if the two characters had just had an honest conversation with each other? That ending brought such a deep smile to my face that, as you reach it, most readers will likely agree with me. Het concept is erg interessant en hoewel het geheel iets meer pit had kunnen gebruiken om de spanning sterker op te bouwen, is dit een fijne, sfeervolle en soepel geschreven whodunit vol geheimen, leugens, onthullingen, drama, emotie, psychologische spelletjes en wendingen. And don't expect the contestants to be particularly likeable, because (much like the residents of The Shore from the last novel) they absolutely are not.

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