The Givenchy Code (Play.Survive.Win, Bk 1)
The Givenchy Code - Play.Survive.Win, Bk 1 Author:Julie Kenner A mind-bending code spawned from the mind of a madman...or maybe just a jealous ex. — A desperate race through the cathedrals and hotels of New York City...with a teeny bit of time for shopping, it's true. — An astonishing truth concealed for years, unveiled at last...with more than a little help from a supercute new guy. — As if a recent breakup, ... more »scrounging for rent money, and lusting after designer shoes weren't enough to make graduate student Melanie Prescott's life challenging, suddenly she's practically living The Da Vinci Code. A mysterious stranger is sending obscure codes and clues her way and she soon discovers she has to solve them in order to stay alive. With stakes like that, her dissertation on "the derivation and primary characteristics of codes and ciphers used by prevailing nations during wartime" is looking a little less important than it was yesterday. Right now she's just worrying about living to see tomorrow. The only bright spot in the whole freakish nightmare is Matthew Stryker, the six-foot tall, dark, and handsome stranger who's determined to protect her. Well, that and the millions of dollars that will be her reward if she survives this deadly game. And she'd better survive. Because that's a heck of a lot of money to be able to spend on shoes and handbags and sunglasses and dresses, and, well, it's hard to be fashionable when you're dead.« less
Julie Kenner hits a home run with The Givenchy Code. I was already a fan of her Demon series and was just waiting for that next installment when I found this series, only three books so far. Heroine and math geek Mel Prescott is unwittingly thrown into a deadly game of Play/Survive/Win from a long forgotten play on the Internet, and it's a real page turner. Can't wait for more!
This was a fun book that kept me wanting to read from the first time I picked it up. In some ways it's a bit expected, but even though you pretty well know what the outcome will be; like a good movie it keeps you reading.