A Deadly Game by Joanne Griffiths

Blog Tour (2)

Holy Moley I’ve been let loose on my first ever Blog Tour, fingers crossed I get it right. Wish me luck……here we go!

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Book Description:
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?

My Review:

A Deadly Game, what a debut from Joanne Griffiths, an amazing psychological thriller with bite.
Women are being killed around Aston, Birmingham, a serial killer playing games. A game of cat and mouse, the police have no evidence, no DNA. The killer taunts the police seemingly wanting to be caught whilst enjoying the pleasure from his kills.
In another part of town a young woman suffers at the hands of her husband, a victim of domestic abuse, Alison has a young baby, whom she will do anything to protect. The narrative of the scenes of domestic abuse are hard-hitting and is tense reading, it shows how volatile an abuser can be and the pain a victim goes through. Even though it was hard reading about domestic abuse it was essential to the plotline.  As time passes Alison becomes pregnant again and has to find a way to leave her abusive relationship. Will it be possible, can she survive?
Detective Sergeant James “Jim” Wardell has been handed the case despite his own problematic life, Jim is a sensitive and determined character who wants nothing more than to stop the serial killer.
The killer is a not a likeable character, Joanne has painted a picture of him which I think we would gladly erase if we could, he is violent, unrepentant and sadistic, my feelings towards him are pure unadulterated hatred. I wanted him found, arrested and removed from society as not harm anyone else.
While reading A Deadly Game, I felt part of the story, included in the journey, I even felt as though I had climbed inside the head of the killer and was watching through his eyes at his heinous acts.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Joanne Griffiths debut book and I look forward to following Joanne through any more she writes.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books and Joanne Griffiths for the Advance Readers Copy in return for an honest review. Also thank you to Sarah Hardy for allowing me the opportunity to try a Blog tour.


Author Bio:

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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