The Billionaire’s Mansion Game!


Fiction - Suspense
350 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2020
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Billionaire’s Mansion Game! by Scott Leroy Chally is a suspenseful novel that is as exciting as it is puzzling. It starts with an offer of a trip for two for Europe and the excited winners have no clue what they have gotten themselves into. They are lured into a millionaire’s mansion, a maze in itself. There is a price for getting out, one they aren’t aware of. But to get out, they will have to unravel a series of clues, locate ten briefcases, and find seven keys. While they have only twenty-four hours to complete this game that comes with numerous dangers and high stakes and traps, five wealthy men sit behind their screens and watch using surveillance cameras, betting on the fate of the ten individuals. Who will make it out alive and can they work as a team when their cellphones are already confiscated?

This is an imaginative work and the reader is engrossed right from the start. The offer from a phony charity through different radios across Europe comes across as legit and the excitement of the winners rubs off on the reader who wants to see what happens next. There is something disturbing and the reader wants to know what it is. The prose is strong and very descriptive and the author uses dialogue to communicate the drama. The puzzling game in the intricately built mansion is pulsating. The reader can follow the characters in their frustration, and anger, fear, and anxiety as they struggle to find their way out. The characters are well-developed and they reflect the common yearnings of humanity. Scott Leroy Chally is a great entertainer and The Billionaire’s Mansion Game! showcases his storytelling gift. It is a breezy read.

Jamie Michele

The Billionaire’s Mansion Game! by Scott Leroy Chally is a work of thriller fiction that begins with a group of unsuspecting “winners” who have made their way to a mansion on the premise of a trip to Europe. Once in the mansion and without any hope of simply walking out the door, they are provided with only a single option to get out alive: play the game. Under the surveillance of five sadistic wealthy men who wager on the players themselves, the unlucky guests are given twenty-four hours to seek out and decipher the clues they are given in order to locate ten briefcases and seven keys. While this may seem attainable if all ten of the group work together, as the game begins it becomes clear that the dangers and booby-traps along the way leave little room for weak links, and tensions mount as the group becomes desperate to make it out alive.

The Billionaire's Mansion Game! takes a familiar premise of people being held hostage and fighting for their own survival and adds a perverse twist in its motive being pure entertainment for an elite group. Scott Leroy Chally throws the status quo of literary formatting out the window, writing in a style that is part screenplay, part radio dramatist. This works well in streamlining a story with multiple points of view but it takes a moment to grow accustomed to this style. The tension throughout the narrative is rife, and readers who enjoy books that flesh out the terror and violence will find this novel ticks those boxes nicely. I think this book will do well among readers who have previously enjoyed the works of Richard Connell and Shirley Jackson.