I received this book for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Something has gone very wrong in Southampton. Two people are being kidnapped and left with a horrible choice. They are left in an isolated area with no food, no water, and a gun with only one bullet. What kind of person derives pleasure from such a sick game? And can Helen Grace’s team stop the game before any more participants are forced to play it?
Story Telling: This is a police novel, albeit one of the more gritty forms. As well, this novel is based in England. I guess Southampton kind of gives that part away.
Dislikes: It’s mostly the gore. Sometimes, the story requires it, as in this case. It’s just disturbing.
Likes: Mr. Arlidge did something that marks him as a true international writer. He makes sure that the readers from outside of his country were well-aware of what the abbreviations meant. And I thank him for that.
Charlie and Mark were pretty cool, even if they both had their own problems to deal with.
Now, back to the gore. It isn’t over the top, nor in brutal detail. It’s kind of, not really glossed over, but implied without beating you over the head with the amount of detail. It makes for a more enjoyable read.
Favorite Character: It will have to be Mark Fuller.
Favorite Quote: Sorry guys, I couldn’t find one this time around.
Favorite Scene: I enjoyed joining Charlie when she found out that she was pregnant.
Conclusion: There is some hope in this book. And, it’s an interesting, as well as a clean, read. Enjoy it if you like police procedurals, or foreign mysteries.