People are going missing, nothing unusual in that, people go missing every day, but some of these people are being given a card with a message on it just before they disappear.
On the card is the message “Happy First Birthday. Dare To Play The Game” For some reason the Police aren’t linking the cases, and where they do, they deem the missing person to be old enough, and in good enough health, for them not to be seen as vulnerable.
Dr Augusta Bloom is a Psychologist who has teamed up with Ex MI6 officer Marcus Jameson to carry out independent investigations.
One of the woman that goes missing is related, in a tenuous way to Marcus, and he is asked to look into the case.
Between him and Dr Augusta they start to identify a worrying trend in the type of person that has gone missing after being invited to play the game.
But why are people being asked to play, and what is the end game.
As the two investigate secrets are uncovered which surprise everybody, and scare more than a few.
Can Dr Augusta, the shy almost introvert Psychologist, get into the mind of whoever is collecting these people. While she tries Marcus uses his investigative skills, and a few contacts from his Secret Service past to try to link all of victims.
The main part of this story is the hunt for the missing people, but what I found really intriguing was who was being invited to play the game, and the purpose they were asked to join in. It would not be a big leap of faith to see this happen in real life, and with frightening consequences.
A good read.
Publisher: Black Swan
Publishing Date: 3rdOctober 2019