The Game She Plays delivers an action-packed thriller full of unexpected highs and lows. This is one adventure that will keep your attention until the last page.


The Description

Publication Date: June 6, 2023

From the author of Tell Us No Secrets comes a twisty new novel. A young American woman is thrust into the closed social circle of English aristocrats, but beneath their charm and glamor lay secrets and dark betrayals that follow them—and her—around every corner. Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Sherry Lapena, Ruth Ware, and Gilly MacMillan.

To everyone else it was “just” a weekend house party—complete with a pheasant shoot, inside jokes, and after-dinner games. But for American Nicola Harris, swept off her feet by aristocratic Englishman James Shuttleworth, the weekend is her first chance to penetrate his close-knit circle of posh friends—people with names like Badger and Trez, people who will soon have the titles of Earl and Countess. Nicola is eager to fit in, but she can’t seem to navigate this insular world, where everyone speaks a private language and secrets are hinted at behind the jolly jokes and witty barbs.

Just as Nicola begins to feel welcome, Juliet arrives. Mysterious, stunning, charismatic Juliet is also James’ first love—the one who left him heartbroken ten years before. Juliet holds the men in thrall and the women under her spell. And although it seems she can do no wrong, outsider Nicola senses something poisonous in her presence, something that sparks insecurity, jealousy, betrayal, and violence. Because Juliet is a champion game-player, able to lure you into her circle by finding your most vulnerable spot….and when the game she plays turns deadly, everyone is a suspect.

The Review

Nicola Harris is head over heels in love with English aristocrat James Shuttleworth. His world is so much different from her life in America, but she is eager to attend a weekend house party to meet his friends.

Author Siena Sterling sets the stage for a suspenseful tale with The Game She Plays. Although the story is set in 1980s England, the characters could have been pulled from an F. Scott Fitzgerald book.

James and his posh friends seem open to including Nicola, but she doesn’t quite fit. That disparity comes through upon the sudden arrival of Juliet, who had left James heartbroken a decade ago.

Whether it’s all fun and games, Nicola picks up on a threatening undercurrent of mistrust and betrayal. In the end, the game will take a deadly turn, leaving the reader guessing.

The author does an exceptional job setting the stage for the storyline to unfold. There’s plenty of action going on under the surface, which requires readers to pay attention to the clues. I liked the story because it kept me guessing until the very end.

The Game She Plays delivers an action-packed thriller full of unexpected highs and lows. This is one adventure that will keep your attention until the last page.Buy Links

Amazon Barnes & Noble iBooks Kobo
Add to Goodreads

About The Author

Siena Sterling is an American living in London. Before moving to England, she worked at Doubleday bookstore in New York, in political campaigns, and for the Federal Railroad Administration.

She has two children.

She plays poker and tennis, and has a passion for Jack Russell terriers.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
The Game She Plays delivers an action-packed thriller full of unexpected highs and lows. This is one adventure that will keep your attention until the last page.5-STAR REVIEW: THE GAME SHE PLAYS by Siena Sterling