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I…There are no words
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2021
(THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE STORY)
Firstly, I should say the execution of this is beautiful. Having it written in audio-transcript format was simply genius, because it allowed for a certain amount of irrefutable honesty while also playing with how even the truth is terribly misleading.
Secondly — I don’t think I’ve been this choked up over a murder mystery of this variety since ‘If We Were Villains’.
The basic premise of ‘The Princess Game’ is this: Five boys are taken into custody after the brutal, fairytale-esque murders of girls who got in their bad side. Each boys claims they didn’t murder the girl they’ve been accused of killing…and though these five boys are murders, they aren’t lying.
Once Callum begins to unravel the real sequence of events, everything is thrown into sharp relief. The way all of their interviews, even Callum’s, all follow the same pattern. The way each boy never lies about whether they murdered a specific girl…but each did orchestrate a girl’s death for the sake of another. The way almost every character shames Callum for becoming ‘too in-character’, which leads up to the horrifying realization that his choices are limited; either he returns to the Princes, or the Princes ensure he’s finished.
Its subtle, its brilliant, its frankly terrifying how realistic it is. And I loved it.