The Rules of the Game novel cover written by J.E. Irvin

Rules of the Game

When teacher Cammie Rose finds an old photograph hidden in her father’s den, she begins to question her family history and the truth about all the men in her life, including the one who is stalking her. Soon, she begins a deadly game of cat and mouse with the mystery figure. As the ghosts of the past rise, Cammie races to discover the identity of her tormentor before she becomes his next victim. In this return to Hopewell, the setting of her award-winning The Dark End of the Rainbow, J. E. Irvin introduces a compelling new cast of characters, a decades-old secret, and a killer who threatens to break all the rules.

Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery, better writing

“In “The Rules of the Game,” Irvin puts nuanced characters at the center of a suspenseful mystery. The story moves smoothly and quickly, making the book an easy, enjoyable read.

I am sometimes wary of authors using shifting points of view. It is often used as a device to throw readers off or intentionally confuse them, but in “The Rules of the Game,” it is employed to give readers different perspectives. The author wasn’t trying to pull one over on the readers and I appreciated that.

This book will be enjoyed by fans of mystery or suspense genres. Like Tana French or John Grisham, it’s page-turning and fast-paced.”