The Word Game by Steena Holmes

The Word Game

For overprotective parent Alyson Ward, any time her daughter, Lyla, is out of sight is reason to panic. So it’s a big step for her when she lets Lyla attend a sleepover at her cousin’s house. Comforted by the knowledge that her sister, Tricia, is the chaperone, Alyson does the one thing she never thought possible: she lets go and trusts that her daughter will be safe.But Alyson’s sense of peace is short lived. When Lyla comes home the next ...

Details The Word Game

TitleThe Word Game
Release DateNov 3rd, 2015
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction

Reviews The Word Game

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Ever read a book that took the breath from you?That's what this book did to me. I started it this afternoon and I couldn't put it down. I wanted to leave it. I wanted to walk away from it. I paced the floor. I drank way too much coffee. I mumbled cuss words under my breath.And I read every word.This story is told from the points of view of four different women. You have Alyson-she is a helicopter mom. She wants the very best for her ten year old ...
  • Deanna
    I’ve been a fan of Steena Holmes for a long time. I especially enjoyed her “Finding Emma” series and the novel “The Memory Child”. I read this novel a few years ago and it’s another one that has stayed with me.Alyson Ward’s family members all think she is a “helicopter parent”, extremely overprotective and constantly hovering nearby. I can see how they would think that, but I can also understand why Alyson is so overprotective.W...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at:'ve come to the conclusion that there may only be two types of people in this world: Those who enjoy Lifetime movies and those who don't . . . Just kidding - don't get your panties in a twist. I am a woman who records "The Real Housewives" of EVERY. FRICKIN'. CITY. in order to see things like this . . . and this . . . Obviously I am not one who is able to judge another.The Word Game ...
  • Debbie
    Bad luck lately. I want to do a sales job on a gem, shove a luscious book into the hands of friends, not frown and throw it into a heap on the floor. My biggest complaint with this one is that it lacks depth and wit, and the language is way too simplistic. I'm stretching this to a 3, but it's iffy. Meh, sub-meh, sub-meh, moo—my song for the day. I’m looking for jazz in all the wrong places.Geez, I’m so hard to please. In the last book, I bi...
  • Esil
    3 1/2 stars. As the parent of a teenager girl, I feel the constant inner struggle between wanting to keep her safe and knowing she has to get out into the world. The Word Games stirs those issues up, although it does focus on younger girls. It's simply written and the characters are not particularly complex, but it had me reading compulsively. Alyson and Trisha are adult sisters. Maia is their friend. The three women have 11 year old girls. They ...
  • Margitte
    Alyson Ward had one child whom she protected with everything she had, becoming a helicopter-mum. When things happens at a sleepover of the group of ten-year-old dancers, Alyson reacts the strongest to the events even though she knew she would be accused of just that. Overreacting. Alyson knew the four most important women in her life, her mother Ida, sister Tricia, her friend Myah, and her other friend, Rachel, knew her story, but had to find out...
  • Jan
    This is my first read by author Steena Holmes, and while I can't say that the subject matter allowed me to love this book, I can say that I have much respect for the way the author dealt with it. I'm not revealing any spoilers here by saying this book is about child abuse. But it's not until the last chapters of the book that you are allowed to know if any child abuse ever took place. The child abuse is the theme, but the whole storyline revolves...
  • Deborah Blanchard
    I received an ARC copy of this book for review. This is a difficult review to write, not because it is bad, but because it is so good that I must do it justice. So, I will do my best to do that.I was up all night thinking: " how do I write this review? How can I explain the depth of this book and not give away the plot?"It is difficult to put into words what this book is about without giving everything away. I will say this: this is a multi-facet...
  • Sue
    Who said wishes don’t come true! I wished for “The Word Game” by Steena Holmes, on NetGalley, and was presently surprised when I was notified that I had been randomly selected to receive this book on NetGalley. The cover of the book totally intrigued me, a little girl, lost in her thoughts… I was so fortunate to read this book.I can see that the author has a passion for storytelling, and writes about sensitive subjects that are not easy t...
  • ☼♄Jülie 
    My goodness, this story had me biting my nails with every page, wondering where it was going and how each character would react next as events unfolded.At the beginning of this book I had some trouble remembering who was who in the scheme of things as there are so many characters playing leading roles...don't let this put you off though...after a bit of careful digested reading, I was really invested in all of these characters, and understood tha...
  • Elaine
    This is a really hard book to review. I cannot honestly say that I ”liked” it with a smiley face but I did find it powerful and thought provoking. Aly doesn’t so much mother daughter Lyla, as smother her and so everyone is taken by surprise at the start of the read when she allows her to go on her first ever sleepover at her aunt Tricia’s house. Surely at her aunt’s house nothing can go wrong, but when Lyla comes home and tells her moth...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    I had never read a book by Steena Holmes before but several of my Goodreads friends recommended this one. As I looked through her other books I realize that she writes about difficult and sometimes sensitive subjects that can be very hard to do.In The Word Game the subject we are introduced to is child sexual abuse. We first meet Alyson Ward whose daughter Lyla has just been allowed on her first sleep over. Alyson has some things in her past that...
  • Lisa
    I really enjoyed The Word Game by Sheena Holmes & plan on looking up more of her books, I found the subject of child sexual assault to be delicately handled throughout my heart went out to Keera & Myah also I found all characters to be engaging .Alyson was an over protective mother who always kept her daughter Myla in her sight so when her sister Tricia asked Myla over for a sleep over she thought why not as she thought she would be safe, but whe...
  • Cynthia Corral
    I feel like maybe my standards are too high, because I haven't really loved a book recently. Maybe I'm expecting too much. So even though I didn't feel this book was really well written, I debated giving this book 3 or 4 stars anyway. Everyone else seems to love it. But I can't. I just can't. Through most of it I repeatedly wanted to throw my Kindle across the room. So if I'm going to honestly review this, I have to give it two stars.The basis of...
  • Lee
    There is never an easy way to tackle the subject of child abuse and this is made even worse when there are dark family secrets, hidden from long ago and these will eventually be exposed but at what expense? I felt the author did a good job of treating the subject matter with the respect it deserves. One mother is totally over protective of her child it seems, but as the story moves along we see why she has become this way. I do feel that some of ...
  • Michael
    Every family has secrets. But sometimes when they are left unresolved the consequences can be painful later on in life. This is very much the case with Alyson Ward's family. Due to a horrible incident in her past, she has been molded into a mother who is highly protective of her young daughter. When Lyla is invited to a sleepover at her aunties house, Alyson will finally take the first steps towards letting go, confident that she will be safe. Fr...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    The Word Game is a profoundly moving and disturbing book in the subject matter that it tackles, but in our day and age this book is not so far away from the reality that poisons children everywhere. It's highly addictive reading, well written and stirred many deep emotions in me. I could not put this one down.For overprotective parent Alyson Ward, any time her daughter, Lyla, is out of sight is reason to panic. So it’s a big step for her when s...
  • Lynn Mccarthy
    Alyson Ward is a mum a very protective mum.One night she allows her daughter Lyla to have a sleepover at Alyson's sisters house with her daughters friends and cousins a first for Lyla.When Lyla comes home in the morning Alyson asks her all about it and what she tells her mum has the potential to tear her family and friends apart.There are strained relationships in Alyson's family especially between her and her mum something has happened in her fa...
  • sue
    I am such a fan of Steena Holmes book when she writes genres such as this. I know she veers to chic lit/romance on occasion but for me, she is at her best and I get to RAVE about it here and on all social networks.This book is no exception.What would you do if you suspected that a child was being abused?What about, if you had been abused as a child and people may think its your paranoia?Because, sometimes this came over in reading this. Would I h...
  • Angie Dokos
    It’s a good story. It’s just missing something for me. I didn’t really feel the connection with the characters. I couldn’t believe some of the reactions some of the characters had to some of the situations. And adding the German talk didn’t really add anything to the story like I think the author intended. I didn’t dislike the book, I just didn’t love it.
  • Susan Peterson
    The Word Game will take you on an emotional, riveting, heart-wrenching journey. Alyson is an over-protective mother who finally relents to let her daughter, Lyla, attend a sleepover at Alyson's sister's house. When Lyla returns the next morning and reveals things that happened at the sleepover, Alyson realizes that she had ever right to be concerned. By revealing what Lyla told her, she not only sets events in motion for life-changing events for ...
  • Debbie
    Wow, this is a very hard review to write. Nothing whatsoever against the author, just the subject matter that she chose to write about, plus how it affects me personally.For me, this book was very well written. The subject matter was tastefully handled and I think that all teens and preteens should read this. There are a lot of little girls out there, even very smart little girls, who have this same thing happen. They can grow up for several year...
  • Petra
    In The Word Game, Steena Holmes tackles the difficult subject of child abuse. She does this in a sensitive and tasteful manner. Told from multiple points of view, the reader gets an emotional insight into how one extended family copes with the initial suspicion, the doubt, the worries, the loyalties right through to the aftermath. The family dynamics and the relationships between mother, sisters and daughters were described very well, and the por...
  • Martha
    WOW is all I can say for now! I'm going to sleep on it before writing my review. Steena Holmes you definitely have a winner here!!Without giving away the storyline I must say that Steena has written quite a different story from her others. It seemed more like a mystery and took me on a whirlwind ride trying to figure out what was going on. Finally realizing near the end of the book that consequences from childhood made the family dynamics and emo...
  • Jennifer
    Steena Homes does it again. She tackles a sensitive subject with grace, reality, and love.This book is built around family; the secrets, the people, their heritage, and how they tackle their damaged pasts to return to the present. The plot of this book works because it's designed around sisters and family. The subject matter explored in The Word Game could trigger sensitive readers. Even with that being explained, Steena writes this story with a ...
  • Melissa
  • Lesley
    so disappointed in this book. so I do not know who this authors research and ideas came from, but really can not relate and I work in this field of sexual I can tell most of the 5 stars are the usual (got free reading so give a great review) or the loyal fans of the author that will just live what ever she writes. hey I love love Dianne Chamberlain and joy fielding and will buy their next book but they too have disappointed me at times. ...
  • Shannon
    I was able to read this book through NetGalley. It's never easy to read about sexual abuse and molestation, and it's much worse when children are involved. That is exactly what this novel deals with as its major plot point. The Word Game is the first time I've ever read anything by this author, Steena Holmes, and already, I'm excited to read more of her work! She has a gift for being a natural storyteller, and for choosing words that flow smoothl...
  • Linda
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. I thank them for this honor.Family does not always mean blood and in this story although there are two sisters and their families and parents, there is a close friend who goes through the unthinkable, who they treat like a family member. It's great that she has them and that one sister knew to believe a child when she tells her what happened. It's a very moving and touching story ...
  • Cheryl
    The subject matter of this book is no laughing matter. It is a serious one. Not just parents but everyone should be aware of the subject matter and how to identify the signs. This is why I became frustrated with most of the characters in this book because it seemed that only Alyson was the only one that took the situation very serious. Towards the end the rest of the characters did come together and help make the situation a better one but by tha...