Book Review – Win Lose Kill Die

Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m sharing my review of Win Lose Kill Die, the second novel from lovely Cynthia Murphy, who also authored Last One To Die.

The students at Morton Academy are high-achievers, selected based on academic excellence. So when a series of murders target the school’s brightest and best, the pressure is on. Someone is determined to stop at nothing to clear their path to the top. But who is it? And can they be stopped?

A combination of classic dark academia, the thrill of a secret society, and the wonder of ‘whodunit’ comes together in Win Lose Kill Die. With their head pupils being seemingly hunted down, is anyone really safe at this prestigious school?

Liz returns to Morton Academy following an accident on the school lake. She survived, but a fellow pupil wasn’t so lucky. Now she’s trying to function without the scars – physical as well as emtoional – she has been left with, all while navigating the demands of the school life she is desperate to escape back into.

The book is written mainly from Liz’s perspective, along with a second voice we hear from on ocassion; the one responsible for the deaths. We don’t gather many clues from the second perspective, but what we are allowed access to is interesting to say the least. As pieces are put together in the build up to the conclusion, it becomes apparent that there is so much more than just a secondary school at the heart of this story.

While I did enjoy the book, I will say I found the explaination and ‘reasoning’ behind the motives and murders to be problematic. While I always focus on spoiler free reviews, I think it’s important that readers go into this book knowing that mental health ends up playing a key factor in the conclusion being drawn, and it was rather unsavoury. As someone with a diagnosed mental health condition, I find it frustrating beyond belief when authors decide that a mental health condition one, ties things up in a neat little bow, and two, is the perfect justification for violence.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back every day as always with a selection of blog posts, from book reviews, to author interviews, and everything else bookish you can imagaine.

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