How far can a man be pushed? When does a genius become insane? What happens to a family compelled to live in a flat with one single window? SS Turner’s gripping psychological thriller, TheConnection Game, explores all these questions through the extraordinary story of the Basilworth family. 

Review

The line between being a genius and insane is precariously thin. If not trod on with caution, you never know when you go from being a genius to being plunged into the deep abyss of insanity. 

SS Turner weaves a tale of such a genius mind in his spectacular novel, The Connection Game. Everyone who meets Benny Basilworth knows that he is a man with extraordinary brain power. Despite all his oddities, Belinda Harry falls for him right after she meets him. Over the years, they build a beautiful family and successful careers. For all intents and purposes, Benny, Bell, Will, and Wendy are a happy normal family. However, things soon change when Benny decides to take part in the television game show, The Connection Game. To the world’s surprise, he solves all the questions in no time. He wins the difficult show effortlessly. With the prize money and the newfound popularity, the Basilworths move to an affluent neighborhood hoping to live life to the fullest. All of a sudden, their dreams come crashing. A stroke of fate finds them in a little flat with one window in Hackney. From hereon, life takes a drastic turn for the hereto normal and loving family. The one window in the flat,  with its view of the passing feet, leads to an entirely new variety of the connection game for Benny. Gradually, he ropes all his family members into the insane game one by one. 

What game is Benny playing? Will it lead to anything or is Benny truly insane? What about Bell and the children? Would the Basilworths ever have a normal life again? 

The Connection Game is a mind-boggling novel. I can guarantee you that you can’t stop reading till you reach the end once you start with it. Told from Bell’s perspective, we are able to follow the Basilworths’ journey intimately. We get to witness their happiness, their sadness, their desperate attempt to be united, their fight against the world, and their efforts to rejoin the normal world. 

SS Tuner is a master at creating nuanced characters. Bell, as a narrator, is extremely relatable. We feel her love for Benny. At the same time, we understand her frustrations with him. Her helplessness and her need to be close to her family make us want to befriend her. In fact, we already feel like her confidante as she keeps addressing the readers. Will and Wendy are just like any other teenagers. Their angry outbursts and fun banter with their parents might very well remind you of yourself when you were their age. They always knew their father was different. It was hard to see them go from worshipping their father to doubting his sanity. The way they always wanted to be connected with him, for better or worse, was heart-touching. Benny was one nuanced character. Very few characters can be as well-developed as him. He was a genius. He saw the world from a completely different perspective than us. Naturally, it was frustrating for him when the rest of the normal folks couldn’t catch up with him. Nevertheless, even in his direst moments, he was there for his wife and kids, whether they understood him or not. His stressful relationship with his father made things all the more complicated for him. SS Turner does a wonderful job at bringing out his complexities. Till the very last, we, as readers, are bound to doubt his sanity. I, for one, always rooted for him. 

The Connection Game by SS Turner is a rare book. The complexities of humans, the intricacies of relationships, and the truth of this world are explored in a beautiful manner. Turner shows us that nothing is ever how it appears. It’s all about the mind. Once you read the story of the Basilworths, you will forever see the world through a different lens. I highly recommend this book to people who are interested in the human mind. People who like reading psychological thrillers would love this book. 

SS Turner brings to us the story of one family who gradually stops being normal. However, does that mean they become insane? To know the truth, grab your copy of SS Turner’s The Connection Game at the earliest. 

Book Details

  • Title: The Connection Game
  • Author: SS Turner
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Theme: Family, Psychology , Isolation
  • Publication Date: October 18 2022
  • ISBN or ASIN: 978-1611883374
  • Number of Pages: 272
  • Minimum Audience Age: 13

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 0
  • Religious themes: 0
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 1
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 1
  • Other adult themes: 0

Rating

  • Content: 5 stars
  • Writing Style: 5 stars
  • Appeal to Target Audience: 5 stars
  • Uniqueness: 5 stars
  • Editing: 4 stars
  • Other factors: 5 stars
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5

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Meet our Author: SS Turner

About the author*** SS Turner has spent his life in England, Scotland, and Australia as an avid reader, writer, and explorer of the natural world. He spent many years working in the global fund management industry but realised it did not align with his values. In recent years, he has focused his writing on inspiring…

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2 thoughts on “A Book Review by Kajori: “The Connection Game” by SS Turner”
  1. I can’t imagine how weird it must be to have a genius dad. I mean, my dad was smart but normal smart LOL. Such an intriguing premise! Great review!