Stuart James: The App

Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for The App. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the blog tour and to the author for my copy of the book.


The App…

Once you’re in, they’ll never let you leave.

Whatever happens, don’t download The App.

It will come in the form of a link. Maybe in your DM’s on a social media account, the junk folder of your emails or a WhatsApp message from a friend.

* You’ll be enticed by the chance of winning one hundred thousand pounds on offer every Friday, wired straight into the winner’s bank account.

* It’s not a joke.

* This part is genuine.

* Someone can and will win the money.

* But at what cost?

Marty Benson gets the link sent to him by a friend. So what is the harm in looking?
He clicks it, downloads the app and enters a few basic details.
A message prompts him to wait while he’s loaded onto the system.
An hour later, another message.

• Do not delete the app.

• Do not tell anyone outside of your family about the app.

• Send the link to one person who is close to you.

* Do not throw your phone away.

* Always narrate while streaming.

• If you break any of the rules, we’ll kill a member of your family. Then we’ll kill you.

Marty is sent a picture of his wife, who is shopping with her mother in Oxford Street.As Marty struggles to breathe, he clicks the links and watches the most recent streams, realising what happens within the

Every Friday morning, a person is randomly picked from social media.

They now have a bounty on their head—a death warrant. But they don’t know it.

Their profile appears on the app’s main page; all their details are displayed.

Every app member must play the game at least once a month or face the consequences.

Kill the person randomly selected from social media.

Win one hundred thousand pounds.

As Marty watches the terror unfold and everyone streaming the hunt within the app, he realises he has to do something.

But how do you stop a murder, when everyone could be the killer?


I have heard so many good things about The App and I couldn’t wait to read it. Stuart James is such an inventive writer and I love the way his concepts use ideas that are relevant to modern society, such as technology. It is so easy to see how someone could fall into a situation similar to Mary’s and this makes the novel all the more terrifying. 

I must admit that it took me a while to get in to The App because of the number of characters at the beginning, but once the story is in full flow, I was absolutely hooked and it is nearly impossible to turn away. 

The tension in The App is unreal, especially towards the end. I loved the sense of danger and I was really intrigued to see how the ending would play out! 

I love the author’s writing style and I can’t wait to see what he does next! 

The App is available from Amazon.

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