The Prank by L.V. Matthews

A fast paced, twisty debut that you will not be able to put down!

I received an advanced copy of this from Welbeck Publishing on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Prank by L.V. Matthews
384 Pages
Published 18th March

Opening Line: In the sixteenth century the word prank referred to a ‘wicked deed’, though its modern definition is much lighter: a practical joke or an act of mischief.

Still grieving for her father, El has a chance encounter with a man linked to his death and realises she can orchestrate the perfect revenge.

But her quest becomes an obsession and soon El doesn’t seem to know how to stop. Her drive for his destruction means risking her own life and the lives of those closest to her . . .


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’ve been desperate to read this book as soon as I heard about it as the premise sounded brilliant and I’m very happy to say it didn’t disappoint!

Chapters are short, pacy and always end on a mini cliffhanger leaving you wanting more, which is most likely why I ended up late into the night reading as I just couldn’t put it down. You will need to know what happens next – it’s so fast paced and full of intrigue.

El is a bit of a lost soul since losing both her mum and dad, with the death of her dad hitting her the hardest. As she discovers the cause for his death this is when she begins her journey into the murky world of revenge and secret online websites to help formulate a plan.

The online conversations she has with a man called ‘Horsehead’ were especially good. I really enjoyed their interactions and I was definitely laughing out loud at one point in regards to a well known mumsnet reference!

The events and situations that El gets herself into had me on the edge of my seat and as we get nearer to the end I did start to put some things together, however my guesses were incorrect which is always good as nothing worse than guessing the ending. The author did a brilliant job of keeping the suspense up until the very end.

If you’re looking for a fast paced mystery / thriller with a unique premise then you need to read this!

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