Somebody is calling my name. It sounds far away. I could have imagined it, though. I stand glued to the spot in front of my locker. It looks harmless, just a space to store my things, made of metal and red paint. I shouldn’t worry. Except, there’s a monster in my bag, an envelope I’m afraid to open. It all started with my locker. Then came the late night phone call and the threatening text. There must be a connection.
Fear can make the most successful and well-tempered individuals crumble to their knees in desperation. Kabongo capitalizes on this primal emotion throughout her story by allowing a psychological suspense to build up as the story progresses. Abbie Cooper is a good girl by nature, except for that one time when she became so lost—she couldn’t keep up. When her mother was locked away in jail for suspected murder, Abbie completely fell apart. She couldn’t keep her grades up and she couldn’t sleep. All of the hard work that she put into her schooling thus far would be in vain if she gave up now. There was only one way out and she knew that it wasn’t going to be suspension. Abbie has a secret that she planned on taking to the grave—if anyone ever found out…it could end her dreams of becoming a successful medical practitioner backed by an Ivy League school.
Abbie Cooper is young, beautiful, smart and patient. She has friends, enemies and thanks to a boy named Christian—she also can’t say that she has an uneventful love life. Kabongo takes this character and breaks apart her life in a step-by-step process, allowing the reader to form their own opinions about what kind of person Abbie Cooper really is. For the most part, she is that typical girl who has fallen victim to her past mistakes. The way that Abbie holds judgement over others can be seen as a foreshadowing of future events, but her motives can still be viewed as questionable. Does this make her less innocent? Does this make her a hypocrite? Only the reader can make that decision.
The author does a nice job with character development and credibility. As this story unfolds, so many factors come to play into these character’s lives. With emotional conflict that will test limits and morale, Kabongo has a riveting novel that will leave readers with intrigue. If you are a reader of psychological suspense and/or women’s fiction, this may be for you. Game of Fear can be read as a standalone, but Abbie Cooper’s character is first introduced in the novel called Swan Deception.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.