The Long Game – Jennifer Lynn Barnes


The Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear…but some secrets won’t stay buried.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington, D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can—and cannot—be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.


This book was fantastic!! There were so many unexpected twists and turns. Tess, I will always root for you, no matter how self-destructive you can be. Henry, I think I’ll always have a soft spot for you. The story is dangerous, dark, and thrilling. There’s definitely a short game at play here, but you can also feel the long game rumbling underneath it all. We have conspiracies aplenty, and it’s only a matter of time before Tess is able to address them. Jennifer Lynn Barnes really left the storyline wide open.

There were so many aspects I never saw coming. Keyes. Clark. John Thomas Wilcox. The school principal. Georgia Nolan. Some better than I expected, some worse. Without fail though, nothing was as it seemed.

I like how Tess has become more observant. She was always good at connecting the dots, but in this book, she really started reflecting more. What are people’s motives? What are their weaknesses? How can you think four or five steps ahead? The chess metaphors were apt.

This book would make an incredible TV series. Can someone make this happen?!

Related Reading

  • The Fixer – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Boy Nobody (The Unknown Assassin series) – Allan Zadoff
  • House of Cards (TV series)

Rating: 5/5


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