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?
I love how this story is told. It flicks between the killer himself, the victims families as well as the police. You really get a feel for what it’s like from all sides. The parts to do with the victims families was particularly emotional, I found myself filling up numerous times as what they were going through was just horrific.
Not only does the story focus on a serial killer but it deals with domestic abuse. We get to know the killer in his home life with his wife and daughter. The abuse that he dishes out to his wife does make for uncomfortable reading and my heart went out to her and what she was having to put up with.
The killer himself, I truly detested. I couldn’t wait for the police to capture him. I wanted him to pay for the horrendous things he had done and it certainly made for a heart in your mouth read wondering how many more he was going to kill and if it was ever going to end.
I really liked Jim, he is just one of those likeable characters. I didn’t pity him whatsoever having to let the victims poor families know about the death of a loved one. Through his character you could really tell how much this side of things can take it’s toll. He is quite a gentle soul and he really cares about this case. I for one would love to see more of Jim as not sure if this is just a stand alone or the start of a new series.
A Deadly Game is a gripping read that will have you going through a whole array or emotions. I loved that the author had a couple of things up her sleeves which meant there were a couple of surprises in there that I wasn’t expecting. A great debut novel and can’t wait to read more by the author.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
A Deadly Game is available to purchase from Amazon.