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A Killing Game


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Propulsive, gripping, and absolutely impossible to put down from the very first page.

You know those complex movies that if you miss one thing, you're lost? That's the predicament Curtis Westcott is in right from the start of this propulsive thriller. In most cases, I prefer a story that gives me the clues, obscure though they may be, and part of the thrill is figuring it out and seeing if I'm right. This book doesn't do that, not even a little bit. The reader doesn't get to know who the killer is until Westcott knows, and while that would usually be contrary to my preference, I didn't mind at all with this one. I was too caught up in the twisted and tangled rollercoaster ride of this story to figure it out even if I could. 

The story follows Curtis from the time he learns of Renee Charlebois' disappearance, and a lot of the book follows his investigation as he solves the puzzles the killer has given him. With that said, I hesitate to call this a procedural because the story is anything but ordinary in terms of procedure or crime. So, if you're expecting shoot 'em up gunfights and hair-raising car chases, it isn't that kind of thriller, but it's no less exciting for the lack of those things.

Suspension of disbelief does deserve some mention here, but not quite in the way one might assume. The story is complex, but do I have doubts about whether or not something like this could happen? You betcha. That being said, more and more is possible every day in this fast-paced world, so who knows. I'd like to think that it couldn't at any rate. Nevertheless, realistic or not, this is fiction, and some amount of leeway can be given. For me, it didn't really matter because I was so immersed in the story and following Curtis from puzzle to puzzle that I really didn't take the time to ponder the possibilities. 

While this is very much the Curtis Westcott show, the author has given us a great cast of supporting characters - for lack of a better description. There isn't much in the way of throwaway characters here. Almost every person Curtis interacts with drives the story forward another step, and there are several characters that I'll be interested to see again as the series progresses. 

I realize that I've been vague on story details, and it has been intentional because this one really needs to be read without spoilers of any kind. What I will say is that Jeff Buick has crafted a terrific character in Curtis Westcott, and with this first case of the series, he has set the bar quite high for himself as far as whatever comes next. It's well-written, gritty, and impossible to put down, and I will certainly be waiting to see where the series goes from here.

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About the author

Jeff Buick writes fast moving fiction across numerous genres, including mystery, suspense, thrillers & crime. For Jeff, it’s all about the story and works to relentlessly drive the action ahead, creating well-crafted characters in his psychological thrillers geared for readers who love an adventure. view profile

Published on January 31, 2020

Published by Novel Words Inc.

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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