Review: In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

Title: In the Hall with the Knife
Series: Clue Mystery
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher: Amulet

Content Warnings: obsessive counting of calories, in depth talk of suicide, murder, blood, sexism

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A murderer could be around every corner in this thrilling YA trilogy based on the board game CLUE!

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students—including Beth “Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor, Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry—are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic film will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern reimagining of the brand, its characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden within its walls.

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I have fond memories of the Clue board game, the very first time I ever played it as a young teen I won, and I was hoping this book would rekindle some of that joy. Unfortunately, I was left feeling incredibly underwhelmed.

We get POV chapters from six characters and it was just too much – I wasn’t able to properly get to know any of them. Not all of them went by their Clue character names the entire time and instead would switch between their real name and their better-known nickname. I had a hard time keeping them straight.

The plot was a little slow but overall okay. I do wish the murder had happened sooner in the book instead of 100 pages in. Normally, I’m not somebody that can guess the final outcome of stories but it was pretty obvious to me who the killer was.

Everything does end with a cliffhanger which sets you up for the next book. I’m not the biggest fan of cliffhangers but, when done well, they also aren’t my least favorite thing in the world. With this one though I just found myself not caring. The rest of the book didn’t interest me enough to keep me up at night wondering about the cliffhanger.

I’m not going to tell you to stay away from this book, but if you’re a die-hard Clue fan looking for your next fix after marathoning the movie all day, maybe don’t get your hopes up too much.

A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Are you a fan of Clue? I’ve never seen the movie – should I watch it? Let me know in the comments!

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