Welcome to my stop on the A Deadly Game blog tour! Many thanks, as always, to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the tour! My review is coming up right after the cover and a description of the book.
Author : Joanne Griffiths
Pages : 322
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : June 20, 2017
Kate Palmer, an undergraduate student, discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to drop out of university. However, on the evening before she returns home, her body is discovered in Aston park. She is the first victim of several murders that will rock the city of Birmingham. Detective Sergeant James “Jim” Wardell, who has his own issues to contend with, is given the case.
When Eddie Carter, a popular talk show host on Birmingham’s Radio Station, is contacted by someone claiming to be the killer, it is the start of a cat and mouse game between a deranged killer and the police.
After a second body is discovered the pressure mounts on the police to capture the man responsible. Who is killing these women and why? Can Jim capture the twisted killer before more innocent women are murdered?
Kate Palmer’s life isn’t exactly going the way she meant it to. She decides to drop out of university and head back home to her parents with her tail between her legs. But then she’s murdered. And she won’t be the last victim as the killer hasn’t only found something that gives him great pleasure but he’s also quite enjoying taunting the police and playing a game with them.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time the author took to create background stories for each of the victims. It just makes you care that little bit more when they’re murdered. Harsh but you know it’s true! Devoting chapters about the effects on the families of the victims added another extra layer.
The killer is one sick and twisted individual. Actually, he’s a whole bunch of horrible words I can’t print for fear of setting off some kind of censor alarm. You’ll have to find out for yourself but Joanne Griffiths does a great job getting into his mind and letting the reader know how cruel he can be.
This is a well paced crime fiction novel with a twist I didn’t see coming and since then, I’ve been wondering if I missed a clue somewhere. There may be one or two things I have a few misgivings about and could have done without (which I can’t tell you about because it would give away too much about the plot) but all in all, this was an enjoyable read.
Many thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy and for having me on the blog tour!
A Deadly Game is available now!
I was hooked on crime fiction after reading an Agatha Christie novel when I was a teenager. I loved the way the story unfolded, trying to work out the plot before the reveal.
Since reading that first book, my dream of becoming a writer would often take centre stage over the years and I would spend some time working on my manuscript before the idea was shelved again.
Time was often a factor. As a single parent with two young children, I returned to studying, completing a BSc (Hons) with the Open University. After graduating, I worked with SEN children who were at risk of exclusion from main stream school due to behavioural problems. I then spent several years with children outside of the school system, which kept me busy.
Following a serious health issue in 2014 though, I began to focus on what I still wanted to achieve and the desire to become a writer featured highly again. Dusting off my manuscript, I finally finished A Deadly Game and I am currently working on my second novel.
If I’m not writing, I enjoy reading and always have a book on the go. I also enjoy watching many of the police / detective / thriller series on television, still trying to work out the plot before the story’s conclusion.
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