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Combining suspense, unexpected twists, psychological gamesmanship and a sinister dystopian future, The Dying Game is a locked-room mystery for our modern times.

‘An Orwellian debut novel that never lets up . . . A heady mix of And Then There Were None and The Hunger Games.’ Booklist

'A Swedish Hunger Games for adults.' Skaraborgs Läns Tidning

'Agatha Christie meets George Orwell ... a fascinating and original plot.' Publishers Weekly

'Full of unexpected twists and turns ... The pages rush past – I can't seem to be able to put the book down.’ Sydsvenskan

'A deliciously creepy novel revolving around a terrific paradigm shift: The job you think you’re doing? That’s not the job you’re really doing.' Chris Pavone, author of THE EXPATS


‘Oh, it’s really quite simple. I want you to play dead.’
On the remote island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a 48-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees, and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment is to stage her own death and then observe, from her hiding place inside the walls of the house, how the other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them. Who will take control? Who will crack under pressure?

But as soon as Anna steps on to the island she realises something isn’t quite right. And then a storm rolls in, the power goes out, and the real game begins…

Reviews

Agatha Christie meets George Orwell in journalist Avdic’s unsettling first novel ... Avdic not only constructs a fascinating and original plot but makes her imagined reality chillingly plausible.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An Orwellian debut novel that never lets up . . . A heady mix of And Then There Were None and The Hunger Games [and] a supremely competitive struggle for survival.

Booklist

Suspenseful . . . Like a Swedish Hunger Games for adults . . . A very promising debut.

Skaraborgs Läns Tidning

Intriguing . . . Reminiscent of classic "locked room" mysteries by writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and P. D. James. But its near-future setting and Orwellian setup make it feel almost chillingly forward-looking as well.

Bookreporter

Intriguing . . . Reminiscent of classic "locked room" mysteries by writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and P. D. James. But its near-future setting and Orwellian setup make it feel almost chillingly forward-looking as well.

Bookreporter

A deliciously creepy novel revolving around a terrific paradigm shift: The job you think you’re doing? That’s not the job you’re really doing.

Chris Pavone, author of THE EXPATS

A captivating thought experiment. A dystopia so credible it provokes chills, and a world that fits the psychological thriller like a glove.

Borås Tidning

Full of unexpected twists and turns, power games, and realizations that no one is to be trusted ... The pages rush past – I can't seem to be able to put the book down.

Sydsvenskan

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781786090201

    January 2, 2018

    Windmill Books

    RRP $26.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781786090218

    July 31, 2017

    Windmill Books

    288 pages

    RRP $35.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

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