2001. Age is catching up with Robert Finlay, a police officer on the Royal Protection team based in London. He’s looking forward to returning to uniform policing and a less stressful life with his new family. But fate has other plans.
My thoughts :
Having seen some amazing book blogger ratings about the second book in this series (Deadly Game), I decided to give this one a go first, as Dee-logic dictates to always start at the beginning of a series. Which in this case isn’t so bad. In other cases when there are already five or more books, it’s a bit more problematic. But I digress.
Robert Finlay, a former SAS Member, is giving up his job on the Royal Protection team. He’s happily married, has a beautiful daughter and wants to lead a less stressful life. But his past is about to catch up with him when his former SAS colleagues start dying all over the place. Someone is playing a wicked game. (Get it?) Who can Robert trust?
Admittedly, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I didn’t even really know what the book was about as I try to read as little of a description as I possibly can since a lot of them contain way too many spoilers for my liking. But I have faith in my book blogger friends and I soon realised my trust in them was not misplaced. I quickly became completely engrossed as I tried to fit the pieces of the puzzle together and ended up suspecting pretty much everyone in this cat-and-mouse game.
This is one cleverly constructed plot, with some nail biting moments. At the end of the book, I felt utterly exhausted, like I’d gone through the entire thing myself. That’s all down to Matt Johnson’s amazing writing. Quite obviously, he knows what he’s talking about and it adds that extra level of authenticity to the reading experience.
This would make an excellent movie or tv series. (Preferably with Richard Armitage in it. Just saying’.) I could see scenes play out right before my eyes. Such a thrilling ride.
Wicked Game is tense and dramatic. Highly intelligent and adrenaline fuelled, with some fabulous plot twists. I doubt I’ll be waiting long to read the next one in the series.