To catch a killer, you must first think like one…
A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.
In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die.
But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.
But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team becomes. Is he really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining her up to be his next victim?
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Well I never, a massive five stars for Murder Game by Caroline MItchell, in fact if I could possibly score higher I would but Goodreads, Amazon and all the others don’t have a blown away button.
Murder Game is the third in the series following Detective Ruby Preston another rung higher on the ladder, how is Caroline going to top this one, every one in the series is advancing at an almighty rate of knots, I’m in awe of how Caroline manages it.
DS Ruby Preston finds herself and her team embroiled in an investigation surrounding a copy-cat serial killer who appears to have information relating to an incarcerated murderer Mason Gatley “The Lonely Hearts Killer”. The playground for the killer is centred around the Dark Web, an exclusive dating website labelled Debauchery, a den of iniquity where clients are given a free pass to fulfil there fantasy, without repercussions.
The killer is playing a game with three steps, three photographs, Alive,Tortured, Dead. Can Ruby stop them, can she assemble the clues, build the picture and capture the killer before more women die.
Caroline has created a character in Ruth that gives the feeling that she is a living, breathing entity not just in my imagination, she is strong-willed, full of voracious tenacity with a spirit second to none but with the inevitable faults we all possess. I enjoyed reading more about Cathy and Nathan, the two most important people in Ruth’s life I hope in the next instalment Caroline will give us more of the uniqueness of Ruth’s family and maybe something more.
If I was to look at the dynamics of the whole book, I would honesty portray the book as written with fluidity, shown in the small but important attention to detail, which brought the book to life not just in my imagination. The plot sealed the deal, so to speak, I followed the trail of bread crumbs, picked them up, examined the clues, puzzled over them, had a eureka moment, then got my knickers in a twist, cause I was so wrong…….. Bravo Caroline, you know how to create a diversion and play merry hell with Murder Game.
Like shards of ice dripping through my veins, Caroline Mitchell has induced a euphoric spine-chilling read in Murder Game. Thank you to Bookouture, Caroline Mitchell and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of Murder Game to read in exchange for an honest review.
USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.
Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.
Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.
Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.