Game of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo



The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Academic overachiever and popular good girl Abbie Cooper is used to being in control, and strives to keep it that way. As senior year at her élite New England private school kicks off, she’s focused on one goal: getting into the Ivy League. But even good girls have dark secrets. One morning, Abbie discovers a cryptic note in her locker, (“I know what you did, hypocrite! Justice will be served, The Avenger.”) Then a photo arrives in the mail. It captures in great detail the explosive secret she’s kept hidden from everyone—the shocking blunder that could get her expelled from Saint Matthews Academy, and keep her out of the Ivy League for good.

Determined to protect her future and the people she loves, Abbie is drawn into a diabolical game of blackmail, cyber spying, and deception. For $50,000, the mystery girl known as The Avenger assures Abbie that her secret will remain safe. There’s only one problem: The Avenger may not exist at all. So who’s stalking Abbie with anonymous text messages that disappear after they’ve been read? Who’s out to ruin her and why? To uncover the horrifying truth, Abbie must play the game, all the way to its stunning conclusion.

Genre(s): Teen & YA > Mysteries & Thrillers > Thrillers & Suspense
Teen & YA > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death
Teen & YA > Mysteries & Thrillers > Romantic
Series: n.a.
Length: 374 pages
Release date: 2016-02-24



I get up from the table and walk toward the island to retrieve my phone. I peer down at it without touching it.


Cheater! Soon everyone will know what you did. Justice will be served. The Avenger

My Opinion

This book introduces you to 17-year-old Abbie Cooper, blackmailed by a mysterious girl: The Avenger.

With Game of Fear, Gledé Browne Kabongo has created a thrilling story of a young woman who is suddenly in need to defend herself against a blackmailer; is has to be Sidney who is threatening to get her expelled, and ruining her chances of an Ivy League future. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Abbie and the events. Gledé Browne Kabongo knows how to keep you glued to Abbie’s story, giving you the feeling of being an invisible ally. Abbie is quite complex and likeable, the other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a normal environment with interesting turns; it has a pretty good flow.

This is a book for you if you like compelling young adult suspense stories with psychological aspects and a touch of romance.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the Amazon Bestselling Author of Game of Fear, Mark of Deceit (Eye of Fear Anthology), Swan Deception, and Conspiracy of Silence. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and discussing them with neighbors before Book Clubs became popular.

She holds both an M.S. and B.A. in communications, and worked as a freelance news reporter right out of college. After she abandoned the dream of winning the Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Boston Globe, she jumped into marketing management for over a decade. Gledé lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Game of Fear?  Or – if you did not yet read Game of Fear – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂








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