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A Deadly Game by Joanne Griffiths Blog Tour

A Deadly Game by Joanne Griffiths Blog Tour

About the Author:  

I was hooked on crime fiction after reading an Agatha Christie novel when I was a teenager. I loved the way the story unfolded, trying to work out the plot before the reveal. 

Since reading that first book, my dream of becoming a writer would often take centre stage over the years and I would spend some time working on my manuscript before the idea was shelved again. 

Time was often a factor. As a single parent with two young children, I returned to studying, completing a BSc (Hons) with the Open University. After graduating, I worked with SEN children who were at risk of exclusion from main stream school due to behavioural problems. I then spent several years with children outside of the school system, which kept me busy. 

Following a serious health issue in 2014 though, I began to focus on what I still wanted to achieve and the desire to become a writer featured highly again. Dusting off my manuscript, I finally finished A Deadly Game and I am currently working on my second novel.

If I'm not writing, I enjoy reading and always have a book on the go. I also enjoy watching many of the police / detective / thriller series on television, still trying to work out the plot before the story's conclusion. 

  Book Synopsis: Kate Palmer, an undergraduate student, discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to drop out of university. However, on the evening before she returns home, her body is discovered in Aston park. She is the first victim of several murders that will rock the city of Birmingham. Detective Sergeant James "Jim" Wardell, who has his own issues to contend with, is given the case. When Eddie Carter, a popular talk show host on Birmingham's Radio Station, is contacted by someone claiming to be the killer, it is the start of a cat and mouse game between a deranged killer and the police. After a second body is discovered the pressure mounts on the police to capture the man responsible. Who is killing these women and why? Can Jim capture the twisted killer before more innocent women are murdered?

 

Book Synopsis:

Kate Palmer, an undergraduate student, discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to drop out of university. However, on the evening before she returns home, her body is discovered in Aston park. She is the first victim of several murders that will rock the city of Birmingham.


Detective Sergeant James "Jim" Wardell, who has his own issues to contend with, is given the case.

When Eddie Carter, a popular talk show host on Birmingham's Radio Station, is contacted by someone claiming to be the killer, it is the start of a cat and mouse game between a deranged killer and the police.

After a second body is discovered the pressure mounts on the police to capture the man responsible.

Who is killing these women and why?

Can Jim capture the twisted killer before more innocent women are murdered?

Review:  

Joanne Griffiths debut novel, A Deadly Game, is the tale of a mad man who is terrorizing the women of Aston.  At home, his behavior alternates from being unbearably abusive to kind and loving, leaving his brutalized wife Allison always on edge, never knowing what to expect.  The killer goes unnamed for most of the book but you get the impression almost immediately that this is a man that is a “normal functioning member of society” as he goes to work daily and is out and about in the community.  No one knows about the lives that he has taken and the satisfaction he gains from that knowledge pushes him to kill more.  All throughout the story, the killer runs circles around the police who are clueless as to his identity and can not seem to get their investigation together.  Even when the killer starts taunting them by sending pieces of evidence to the local radio station, they still are at a loss as to who he could be.

As a reader, I am always interested in the why.  Why is this man like this, what made him this way and you don’t really get much of that in this story. I wish the author would have delved deeper in to his background, as well as his wife’s.  It was hard to read about Allison continually tolerating the way he treated her, so kudos to the author for writing her character in such a way that caused me to yell at Allison in frustration. While it was obvious that she was abused, the actual descriptions of these events were very minimal and brief.  The same can be said for the murders themselves -- there was no graphic “I can’t believe what I just read” type of bloodbaths taking place. I read a lot of thrillers and this one was definitely on the lighter side.  I did enjoy the mini backstories of the victims and Griffiths did an excellent job of setting the scene and showing how easily something like this can happen to someone. The killer selected the majority of his victims purely through opportunity and it certainly made me glance over my shoulder more when I found myself in parking lots headed to my car.  If you like your thrillers on the mild side, then this is the perfect read for you.   A Deadly Game is out today!!

Many thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

Be sure and follow the rest of the tour that runs through June 27th!!

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