Review: Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Even If We Break
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publication Date: 15th September 2020
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Rating: ★★★★☆
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.

Are you ready to play?

I don’t usually read thrillers that often as I find they can be a bit hit or miss but I really enjoyed Even If We Break. The story follows five friends who meet up at a cabin in the woods to play a roleplay game they’ve played for the past few years. This is the last time they’ll all play the game together before they go their separate ways to college or work etc.

Even If We Break is a very exciting read, and I managed to read it in a few hours despite usually being a pretty slow reader. While the plot was a little predictable at times, I did guess who the killer, the suspense built by Nijkamp’s writing was still amazing. I especially loved the weaving together of the plot itself and the role play game.

The characters and their relationships with one another were really well developed, especially for a book with less that 350 pages. Even If We Break has great queer and disabled rep that had the story feeling original and unique despite the somewhat cliche premise of ‘five white kids go a cabin in the woods and chaos ensues.’

The characters each have their own POV chapters all in first person which gives the reader greater insight into the characters themselves. Although I did end up getting confused between characters to begin with. This was somewhat avoided later as each character had their own distinct and well-developed voice, which again was pretty impressive for a book with five points of view and only 336 pages.

Overall I really loved Even If We Break and would recommend it to pretty much anyone.

Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts on Even If We Break in the comments.

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