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These Deadly Games

In this YA psychological thriller, a girl receives a message from an anonymous source who says she has 24 hours to play a game by their rules, or they’ll kill her sister. When she realizes that playing the game means destroying—or killing—her friends, she must figure out a way to beat the kidnapper at their own game, before she loses everything.



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Early Acclaim for These Deadly Games

“It would be really, really weird if something were in this section, since I haven’t finished writing the book yet.”

—Diana Urban, author of All Your Twisted Secrets

If she doesn’t play their game, her sister will die…

Let’s play a game.

You have 24 hours to win. If you break my rules, she dies. If you call the police, she dies. If you tell your parents or anyone else, she dies.

Are you ready?

When Crystal Donavan gets a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper’s game. At first, they make her complete bizarre tasks: steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, make a prank call.

But then Crystal realizes each task is meant to hurt—and kill—her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past, and wants them to pay for what they did…

As Crystal makes the impossible choices between her friends and her sister, she must uncover the truth and find a way to outplay the kidnapper… before it’s too late.

Content Advisory: This book contains themes and/or mentions of death.

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When will These Deadly Games be available for preorder?

Usually traditionally-published books become available for preorder ~9 months before publication. The exact launch date in 2022 is TBD, but I will update this website with more information as soon is it’s available!

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