One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game. A game of consequences, of silly forfeits, childish dares. A game to be played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal, more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, fourteen years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 153 x 232 x 28mm | 465g
- 01 Apr 2014
- Vintage Publishing
- HARVILL SECKER
- London, United Kingdom
"An inventive and intricate psychological puzzle thriller that mystifies, torments, disturbs, beguiles... a powerfully intelligent debut"
"An inventive and intricate psychological puzzle thriller that mystifies, torments, disturbs, beguiles... a powerfully intelligent debut" -- Marcel Berlins The Times "A compulsive page-turner that will hold your attention until the very last word" -- Natasha Harding Sun "Sinister, addictive and unpredictable - this is a novel to be devoured greedily, at speed, but one that will leave its footprint on your memory for far longer" -- Natasha Lunn Red "Yates's take on the collegiate thriller lives up to early comparisons to Donna Tartt's The Secret History... filled with gleeful malevolence" Grazia "[A] chilling debut...this is a thriller, a cautionary tale and a sobering exploration of unintended consequences rolled into one" Daily Mail
About Christopher J. Yates
Christopher J. Yates studied law at Wadham College, Oxford from 1990-93 and initially pursued a career in law before he began working in puzzles, representing the UK at the World Puzzle Championships. Since then he has worked as a freelance journalist, sub-editor and puzzles editor/compiler. In 2007 he moved to New York City with his wife, and currently lives in the East Village.