Review of The Dead Game by Susanne Leist

The Dead Game by Susanne Leist Book 1 in Series

Can you feel your heart beating? Is it beating too fast? Do you feel trapped? This is because you are. You're standing in a pool of water, in the basement of End House, wearing your party clothes. But there is no party, no host and no guests. The door behind you locks shut. The only way is forward, through the falling cages with their sharp edges, ready to ensnare their next victim. Circular saws begin to descend, looking for heads to slice off.

Meanwhile, Linda is upstairs with the rest of her friends being pursued by creatures through revolving rooms. Or are they illusions? What should she do?


The owner of End House takes no prisoners.

The Dead Game has begun.

My Review: 3 Stars

The Dead Game is a horror/paranormal story about a sleepy Florida town named Oasis. In Oasis, a deadly force of vampire activity overwhelms the tourists and younger inhabitants of the town.

Linda is one of the newer inhabitants....along with a handful of her friends. They soon learn there are treacherous secrets in Oasis....secrets that threaten their lives. After attending a party at End House, the scariest house in town, the secrets begin to unravel piece by piece. Linda and her friends find themselves in the midst of a dangerous plot; a plot schemed by wayward vampires.

The Dead Game started out very strong. There were many captivating scenes and quite a bit of interesting imagery. However, from the middle of the book onward, character development was somewhat lacking, which left the book a bit short on reader interest. The plot needed a touch more explanation and organization to add depth to the story as well.

Overall, it was intriguing as the book had some new, interesting twists on the "vampire scene", but because of the concerns stated above, I had to rate this book a bit lower than I normally would have.

If you enjoy vampires and new twists on vampirism, you would probably enjoy reading this book.