Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better…After escaping London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine plans to spend her days doing as little as possible in her beautiful home in Devon. But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to withdraw when her new best friend, George, is unfairly expelled from school. Justine begs the head teacher to reconsider, only to be told that nobody’s been expelled – there is, and was, no George.
Then the anonymous calls start: a stranger, making threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past and a guilty secret – yet Justine doesn’t recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves – two big and one small, to fit a child – Justine fears for her family’s safety. If the police can’t help, she’ll have to eliminate the danger herself, but first she must work out who she’s supposed to be…
This is the first Sophie Hannah I’ve read and I will be seeking out more of her books if they are all as good as A Game for all the Family. Taking a seemingly innocence event that could happen to any family, Hannah builds up a sinister plot that leaves you trembling. With clever writing and a twisting plot this is a book that pulls you in from the beginning. My sympathies for Justine did waver a little, but then all excellent crime plots do make you question the supposed victim. Having heard Sophie Hannah talk I did wonder if she’d based Justine on anyone in particular, maybe an alternative life to her own… I ask.
A cleverly thought out story that I’d highly recommend to all crime lovers, in particular Agatha Christie fans.