Review: Game Master by D.H. Sidebottom

Title: Game Master
Author: D.H. Sidebottom
Genre: Dark Thriller
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual

In one night, Dr. Vanessa (Nessa) Griffiths’ life was turned upside down. Waking up in an abandoned hospital, she had to figure out why she was there with another victim Caelan Fen. Soon enough they realize they were players in a game of life and death engineered by the mysterious Game Master. Now, they must work together to win or prepare to accept the consequences.

“Well done, Dr Griffiths,” the Game Master stated through the iPad. “Now, if I were you, I’d run!”

This book definitely have an intriguing concept. The setting and the games had a dark and sinister feel that heightened reading experience.

Nessa had secrets, lots of them, I was sure of that. One thing was indisputable, Dr Vanessa Griffiths was so much more than just a surgeon. And I for one was eager to find out her true identity.

I liked how the Game Master was ruthless and unbending. He held total power against the players. Nessa and Caelan came from completely different background and I liked how they worked together to decipher the clues and solve the tasks.

Did that make me as depraved as the Game Master? Aren’t we all selfish when the lives of our loved ones are at risk?

However, there seemed to be a few inconsistencies within the story/characters that made it felt slightly off. Also, some of the character’s actions and motivation were questionable or weak. I am glad the ending and the epilogue strengthened the overall storyline.

The Game Master follows the distressing journey of two individuals in the fight of survival. It would appeal to fans of dark thriller.


This review is also available on Goodreads.

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