Do you want to play a game..a simple question with chilling consequences.
A beautiful woman murdered, a local man committed suicide leaving a note saying he had to killed her.
A open and closed case until another person is murdered.
Then the first clue, a letter. somebody is showing people how vulnerable a member of their family is. The question. Do you want to play a game. Kill the person I deliver to you or a member of your family dies. Your choice.
Detective Mackenzie Price is assigned the case, and immediately starts to send ripples through the small community she works in.
One of the families involved is old money rich, and they have influence.
But with more people going missing, and now knowing they only have a limited time to find them, she doesn’t care who she upsets, or what the consequences might be.
The way Ruhi Choudhary writes always grips me. She has a way of guiding the story down avenues that always make me think, I’ve got this, only to find it’s another clever plot twist.
But that’s what makes it so good. Real police investigation is all about building hypotheses, the investigators investing their theory, until it’s proven wrong and they have to back track and build another
It’s always about the clues you don’t see, often right in front of your eyes, the clue that only takes relevance when that one piece of the jigsaw falls into place, and you finally see the relevance of the picture.
This is where Choudhary is the master. She lets little things slip into the story that help build the final hypothesis. There’s no sudden revelation of a clue, or suspect who hasn’t been in the story until almost the end.
Everything is there in the build up, but can you spot it. I’m usually quite good at spotting it, but not till really late in these stories.
A great book in a brilliant series. Yes it can be read as a standalone. No it won’t ruin the earlier books if you choose to go back and read them.
Print length: 382 pages. Audio book running time: 10 hours 45 Publisher: Bookouture