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New Game The game is simple--he is the Hunter. They are the Prey. He gives them a chance to escape. To run. To hide. To outsmart him. But eventually, he catches them. And that's when the game gets really terrifying... New Rules Private investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers--they took one down together. But this new killer is New Game The game is simple--he is the Hunter. They are the Prey. He gives them a chance to escape. To run. To hide. To outsmart him. But eventually, he catches them. And that's when the game gets really terrifying... New Rules Private investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers--they took one down together. But this new killer is as sadistic as they've ever seen. He likes his little games, and he especially likes forcing Nic and Griff to play along. Every unsolvable clue, every posed victim, every taunting phone call--it's all part of his twisted, elaborate plan. And then the Hunter calls, wanting to know if they're really ready to play... But Winner Still Kills All... There's a new game now, and it's much more deadly than the first. A brutal psychopath needs a worthy adversary. He won't stop until he can hunt the most precious prey of all--Nicole. And with his partner in a killer's sights, Griff is playing for the biggest stakes of his life.


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New Game The game is simple--he is the Hunter. They are the Prey. He gives them a chance to escape. To run. To hide. To outsmart him. But eventually, he catches them. And that's when the game gets really terrifying... New Rules Private investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers--they took one down together. But this new killer is New Game The game is simple--he is the Hunter. They are the Prey. He gives them a chance to escape. To run. To hide. To outsmart him. But eventually, he catches them. And that's when the game gets really terrifying... New Rules Private investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers--they took one down together. But this new killer is as sadistic as they've ever seen. He likes his little games, and he especially likes forcing Nic and Griff to play along. Every unsolvable clue, every posed victim, every taunting phone call--it's all part of his twisted, elaborate plan. And then the Hunter calls, wanting to know if they're really ready to play... But Winner Still Kills All... There's a new game now, and it's much more deadly than the first. A brutal psychopath needs a worthy adversary. He won't stop until he can hunt the most precious prey of all--Nicole. And with his partner in a killer's sights, Griff is playing for the biggest stakes of his life.

30 review for The Murder Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    Auntee

    This was a great read, a book I had a hard time putting down--it was that riveting for me! It had loads of suspense, a really creepy, deranged villain, a brave, kick a** heroine, and a smart, loving, swoon-worthy hero. Although this book could be read as a stand alone, it is the follow up to a previous book titled, "The Dying Game", in which the hero and heroine of this book had significant roles. The heroine, FBI agent Nicole Baxter, first meets the hero, Private Investigator Griffin Powell, in " This was a great read, a book I had a hard time putting down--it was that riveting for me! It had loads of suspense, a really creepy, deranged villain, a brave, kick a** heroine, and a smart, loving, swoon-worthy hero. Although this book could be read as a stand alone, it is the follow up to a previous book titled, "The Dying Game", in which the hero and heroine of this book had significant roles. The heroine, FBI agent Nicole Baxter, first meets the hero, Private Investigator Griffin Powell, in "The Dying Game", where they both had a hand in taking down a sadistic serial killer. Nicole and Griff don't exactly get along; neither one can stand the other one for various reasons; they just rub each other the wrong way. In this book, there is a new serial killer on the loose, and he wants both Nicole and Griff to play along with him in his little 'game' of hunt and kill. Nicole and Griff reluctantly agree to team up and work together when the killer starts providing each with clues as to who his next victim will be. While working together both Nic and Griff learn a lot about the other, and realize maybe each had prejudged the other. There's lots of sexual tension that follows, and just when it looks like Nic and Griff are going to have a chance at a loving relationship, something devastating happens that could snatch happiness from the couple. This book produced some tears for me; tears of sadness and of happiness. If you've read the previous book, you know that Griffin Powell has a somewhat secretive past, and this book reveals what happened to him in the missing 10 years of his life that he refuses to talk about. I found it very shocking and sad, yet very relevant to the story and to what happens to Nic. The character of Nic starts out as really abrasive and unlikable, and I wondered what Griff saw in her. But Griff was not only patient with Nic but intuitive, and I loved how he worked to finally win her over and get past the walls she built around her heart. And Nic proved herself to be one courageous and gutsy lady, and she won me over--I was rooting for her and Griff to make it as a couple. This was a very entertaining and satisfying romantic suspense--I can't wait to read the next one in the series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    jenjn79

    Another good book from Barton. Not utterly fantastic five-star worthy, but a solid 4-star. Which is typical of her books for me. I usually enjoy them quite a bit, but they tend to be lacking...something...to give them that extra kick to make them really great. To read this book, you really have to have read Barton's previous book, The Dying Game. You'll end up a bit lost if you don't. The plots are fairly heavily intertwined. Which relates to one of the minor problems I had with the book. Despite Another good book from Barton. Not utterly fantastic five-star worthy, but a solid 4-star. Which is typical of her books for me. I usually enjoy them quite a bit, but they tend to be lacking...something...to give them that extra kick to make them really great. To read this book, you really have to have read Barton's previous book, The Dying Game. You'll end up a bit lost if you don't. The plots are fairly heavily intertwined. Which relates to one of the minor problems I had with the book. Despite the fact that timeline wise there is a year's space between the two books (plots), the beginning of The Murder Game has this feel as if I'd just turned the page from one book to the next. Barton jumps right into the new book full force. I ended up feeling a little disconnected from the storyline, but more so the characters. I read The Dying Game months and months ago so the details had faded quite a bit. Then this book throws you right into the plot and characters and I found myself stopping and trying to refresh my memory on the last book. A slower start to the book would have been better, in my opinion, with more introduction to the characters. I think because of what I mentioned above, it wasn't until about 150-200 pages into the book that I really started to feel the Griffin/Nicole relationship and connect with the main characters. For a little while in the beginning, Nic annoyed me quite a bit with her attitude, but once I got into the book more, I liked her. And once the romantic angle picked up, I enjoyed it. Griff and Nic make an interesting couple. Plot-wise...no complaints. I don't think the plot is quite as intense as the previous book, but it was still good. And creepy. The chase scenes were well done really engaging. One thing I didn't quite like, though, was how much Barton personalized the soon-to-be victims. There was one woman who Barton played up as a loving wife and mother, made us like her...then snuffed her out. And it was rather depressing. I just didn't think it was necessary to personalize them as much as Barton did. But that's a personal preference. The most disappointing aspect of the book for me was how Barton dealt with Griffin's mysterious past and his "missing" ten years. I wanted more. She gives the basic details of where he was and what happened, and then a deeper detail here and there in short flashbacks, but it wasn't enough for me. I finished the book, and was like 'that's all I get?' His missing past has been this big thing, and I just expected a deeper explanation, more details. They didn't come. So I was disappointed in that aspect. Overall, though, a good read. I wasn't bored at any point and I wanted to keep reading even when I was tired. If a couple of things had been done differently, it would have been a great book for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    After reading about the character, Griffin Powell, in several of Barton's books, I was intrigued and ready to read his story. I wasn't disappointed, and found this book to be at least as good as the others. I thought that Griffin made a great hero, and I also enjoyed the heroine, Nicole Baxter. I do not usually find ultra-feminist characters particularly appealing, but I did like Nic. The storyline was interesting, and there was plenty of fast paced action and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed this After reading about the character, Griffin Powell, in several of Barton's books, I was intrigued and ready to read his story. I wasn't disappointed, and found this book to be at least as good as the others. I thought that Griffin made a great hero, and I also enjoyed the heroine, Nicole Baxter. I do not usually find ultra-feminist characters particularly appealing, but I did like Nic. The storyline was interesting, and there was plenty of fast paced action and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to more by Barton. FBI Special Agent Nicole Baxter worked a case where the murderer was titled the Beauty Queen Killer. Her nemesis, Griffin Powell, a private investigator, also worked the case. When the killer was shot, Nicole and Griffin became certain that the Beauty Queen Murders were the work of two people who were competing in a "game". They are unable to convince anyone else of the validity of their idea until the second killer begins to telephone both of them about a new game he is playing. Nicole and Griffin grudgingly begin to work together as the killer gives both of them clues. As they begin to actually like one another, Nicole and Griffin share ideas and information. Just as they begin an intimate relationship and start to realize how important they are to one another, the killer takes his game to a new level as he targets Nicole. They must both work to keep Nicole alive until they can apprehend the murderer. While they are desparately trying to win the "game" the killer instigated, they must both come to terms with extremely traumatic experiences. This was a great addition to the loosely connected novels that have Griffin Powell as a character. I enjoyed his story, and was glad to get some insight into his past. I liked the developing relationship between the hero and heroine, and I hope to be updated on them in future novels.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debbie DiFiore

    Loved the story. There were a couple of things that bothered me though that were just never explained and I wondered why they were even in there. I thought for sure the villain had injected a tracking device in her shoulder when it kept itching and bleeding but then it was dropped. There was a romance in it but it was meh. He had another bed buddy in the first part of the book but it didn't even need to be in there. He took her to a party with his good friends. They had been dating two months an Loved the story. There were a couple of things that bothered me though that were just never explained and I wondered why they were even in there. I thought for sure the villain had injected a tracking device in her shoulder when it kept itching and bleeding but then it was dropped. There was a romance in it but it was meh. He had another bed buddy in the first part of the book but it didn't even need to be in there. He took her to a party with his good friends. They had been dating two months and he spent a random night with her around 33% into the book and the next week he's in love with the h. She is never mentioned again. The villain was pretty evil and you really hate him and his cruelty. The h was amazing. Loved her kicka$$ attitude. I will read more from this author and in this series for sure.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    “I am not going to die!... I refuse to give up, to let him win this evil competition..” The hunter is looking for prey – and when he finds it - all bets are off. From the very first page you’ll be pulled into a deadly game of hunter and hunted. Miss Barton, cleverly brings back the character Pudge, one of the serial murderers from The Dying Game. He has unfinished business and he’s looking for a new game to play. The game: research and find women who will challenge him as a hunter and then begin “I am not going to die!... I refuse to give up, to let him win this evil competition..” The hunter is looking for prey – and when he finds it - all bets are off. From the very first page you’ll be pulled into a deadly game of hunter and hunted. Miss Barton, cleverly brings back the character Pudge, one of the serial murderers from The Dying Game. He has unfinished business and he’s looking for a new game to play. The game: research and find women who will challenge him as a hunter and then begin the hunt. However, he wants the game to be even more challenging, and so to really test his skills he involves FBI agent Nicole Baxter and private investigator Griff Powell to be an intimate part of the game. Both Nicole and Griff worked on a previous serial murder case, and there is no love lost between them. In fact, they disagree on just about everything. But in order to catch this sadistic maniac they’re forced to collaborate - and the clock is running out. Nicole, a by the book agent, can not believe that the lives of innocent women depend on her working with Griff, a man who doesn’t believe in playing by the rules. Yet, there it is – work with him – or let a mad man continue to kill innocent women. Barton’s characters have motives and secrets that propel them to act, that shape their lives and dictate how they relate to one another. Miss Barton is very good at slowly revealing and integrating those motives into the story. Each character is unveiled with purpose as both the suspense and romance heat up. The tight plot and pacing had me turning the pages to find out what the next twist and turn would bring. She does an excellent job of weaving the suspense and romance together – giving equal weight to both creating a story that had me at the edge of my seat. The romance is not sacrificed for the suspense – rather the suspense and romance are intertwined revealing an intriguing, fast paced, surprising, suspenseful and yes romantic book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Moira

    Well, I was very excited to try this book - I LOVE reading about very smart, psychopathic serial killers who play games and give clues and the even smarter law enforcement/detective types who stop them (I was, after all, weaned on Sherlock Holmes). But although the characters were interesting and the killer was smart and intriguing, this book really missed the mark with those tasked to stop him. I kept wanting to scream "Call Lincoln Rhyme" for heaven's sake - he'll take soil samples, he'll find Well, I was very excited to try this book - I LOVE reading about very smart, psychopathic serial killers who play games and give clues and the even smarter law enforcement/detective types who stop them (I was, after all, weaned on Sherlock Holmes). But although the characters were interesting and the killer was smart and intriguing, this book really missed the mark with those tasked to stop him. I kept wanting to scream "Call Lincoln Rhyme" for heaven's sake - he'll take soil samples, he'll find this guy. Or call Eve Dallas and get some sheer grit from her and some savvy computer help from her husband. But no, the killer goes on a 9-month aduction, torture and killing spree and no one does much to stop him except wring their hands. I dont' know if it was some sort of statement about the inadequacy of law enforcement (which might be true, but in my fiction, I want smart cops!!) or just laziness because the author didn't want to do the research, but this book was very frustrating - a great premise, a smart killer, and nothing on the other side. If you like Jeffery Deaver or J.D Robb, you will find this very disappointing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike French

    My first Beverly Barton novel, but definally not my last! A real page turner from the get go !

  8. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Funny how you can think of a two-star book as being an improvement, but after Barton's last Griffin Powell book was so awful, this one was surprisingly human. Now, don't get me wrong, I'd in no way recommend it, but it was an improvement. Ironically, it's more of a human interest story than a thriller -- the main characters do an unfathomably poor job of any actual crime-solving -- but what gave this one an extra star is the vulnerability and humanity in watching Nic (and Griff, in a smaller sen Funny how you can think of a two-star book as being an improvement, but after Barton's last Griffin Powell book was so awful, this one was surprisingly human. Now, don't get me wrong, I'd in no way recommend it, but it was an improvement. Ironically, it's more of a human interest story than a thriller -- the main characters do an unfathomably poor job of any actual crime-solving -- but what gave this one an extra star is the vulnerability and humanity in watching Nic (and Griff, in a smaller sense) overcome their PTSD from traumatic events. If you're dead set on picking up a Beverly Barton novel, this is the only one of the series thus far that isn't reprehensible, but honestly, there's much better books out there to waste your time on this one if you can help it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Hedley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was young when I read this but I remember it captivating me from cover to cover. I suspect it was due to the fact the plot was about a serial killer who had no real motive other than sport and in my young years I hadn't heard of anything quite like it. It was always out of passion, financial gain or anger. So this novel gripped me, maybe shouldn't have read it at such a young age but it influenced my love of true crime and killers, to this day I still sing the praises of this book. I remember I was young when I read this but I remember it captivating me from cover to cover. I suspect it was due to the fact the plot was about a serial killer who had no real motive other than sport and in my young years I hadn't heard of anything quite like it. It was always out of passion, financial gain or anger. So this novel gripped me, maybe shouldn't have read it at such a young age but it influenced my love of true crime and killers, to this day I still sing the praises of this book. I remember it being written for easy reading, the plot flowed smoothly and each chapter ended with a vice like grip urging you to continue reading. Just what you need. I found this book in a second hand store, some of the best are on a shelf for 50p.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Phelps

    I really enjoyed this story. Yes I know the plot has been used by other writers but it was still a good read. A serial killer is kidnapping women & forcing them to play a game of cat &mouse before he kills them. The 2 main characters were awesome. They had a previous relationship from another book that this one built on. There was a sappy ending but I believe these 2 characters eArned it with what they have gone through. My only complaint was that one sex scene was a little too graphic for me. I I really enjoyed this story. Yes I know the plot has been used by other writers but it was still a good read. A serial killer is kidnapping women & forcing them to play a game of cat &mouse before he kills them. The 2 main characters were awesome. They had a previous relationship from another book that this one built on. There was a sappy ending but I believe these 2 characters eArned it with what they have gone through. My only complaint was that one sex scene was a little too graphic for me. I hate reading certain words. This book referred to a woman’s mound & the worst part was reading about his cum, of course they also misspelled that word as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Plum-crazy

    I was expecting this book to be a hard-hitting thriller (the back cover blurb does say "be prepared to be petrified"!) but actually, in my opinion anyway, it fell into the romantic suspense category - certainly the latter half of the book does. Now I am a big fan of romantic suspense but as I was hoping for something a bit grittier it meant I was a bit disappointed! That said, it was certainly entertaining enough although the story lost credibility for me once the relationship between Griff & Ni I was expecting this book to be a hard-hitting thriller (the back cover blurb does say "be prepared to be petrified"!) but actually, in my opinion anyway, it fell into the romantic suspense category - certainly the latter half of the book does. Now I am a big fan of romantic suspense but as I was hoping for something a bit grittier it meant I was a bit disappointed! That said, it was certainly entertaining enough although the story lost credibility for me once the relationship between Griff & Nicole developed & it wasn't helped by the introduction of a psychiatrist empath!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Wow, absolutely wow, this book has left me speechless and in awe of the author. It just amazes me how the author continues to keep coming up with these amazing plot ideas. This is an edge of ure seat gripping crime thriller, I could not put this book down, was completely taken in by the story from beginning to end. As always I love the characters in this ongoing series of books. :-)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sabahat

    Found it easy to read but was pretty predictable. Griffin Powell's character was likeable but the same cannot be said for Nicole . The other characters weren't too interesting either. 2.5/5 for suspense. Found it easy to read but was pretty predictable. Griffin Powell's character was likeable but the same cannot be said for Nicole . The other characters weren't too interesting either. 2.5/5 for suspense.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ally Rowe

    Very gripping story that was easy to become absorbed in. I had not read any previous books in this series and although a previous book is paramount to this story it didn’t take away any enjoyment due to the way it was written and explained.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    I found this book's plot kind of predictable, other than Griff's past, but I still enjoyed it and it really got good about 3/4 of the way through. This is the first book I've read of Beverly Barton and I may read another one if I come across it. I found this book's plot kind of predictable, other than Griff's past, but I still enjoyed it and it really got good about 3/4 of the way through. This is the first book I've read of Beverly Barton and I may read another one if I come across it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lucy McLaurin

    The sequel to The Dying Game - which I thoroughly enjoyed. This was great - nearly stayed awake all last night to finish it but had to succumbed to sleep! Really good to close the chapter on the character's lives and how they'd pregressed. The sequel to The Dying Game - which I thoroughly enjoyed. This was great - nearly stayed awake all last night to finish it but had to succumbed to sleep! Really good to close the chapter on the character's lives and how they'd pregressed.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    A little gruesome, but I really enjoyed the book........now I want to read more of this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    L Cherry

    4.5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    CherylR

    This was a real page turner. I now want to read more books by this author especially this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edie Reynolds

    This is the first book I have read by this author. It was a real page-turner. I am definitely a fan of Beverly Barton and will read more of her books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    If you like edge of the seat suspense then Beverly Barton is your author. I love the Griffin Powell series. Can’t wait to read the next one in line.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suze

    THE MURDER GAME I have read some of the later books first, loved finding out how Nic and Griff got together. This is a page turner or maybe at times a heart stopper- great suspense.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Very good series

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jim Swike

    Returned by Kindle. A great read. Enjoy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gemma Curtis

    Very clever!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren White

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was not a great read for me as there was a bit of a gaping plot hole for me. They knew this killer had been part of a game with the previous killer so why on earth did they not look for connections? They knew who the previous killer was, it wouldn't have been that hard to find a connection to this killer. They are working with the FBI for goodness sake! Also, all these clues the killer gives them are so completely unsolveable that it winds me up the magical detectives come along and know ev This was not a great read for me as there was a bit of a gaping plot hole for me. They knew this killer had been part of a game with the previous killer so why on earth did they not look for connections? They knew who the previous killer was, it wouldn't have been that hard to find a connection to this killer. They are working with the FBI for goodness sake! Also, all these clues the killer gives them are so completely unsolveable that it winds me up the magical detectives come along and know everything! Also the ballbusting heroine hating the hero before falling madly in love with him? Been done soooo many times. The actual murders are thrilling and scary but I'm not sure the actual story really adds up!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jodie (J.C.T)

    another fantastic read i am glad i read the dying game first and finaly you know about Griffin, Saunders and Yvette's past though its hinted their more to the story. i also enjoyed reading more about Nic Braxton a herion who is powerful and strong. another fantastic read i am glad i read the dying game first and finaly you know about Griffin, Saunders and Yvette's past though its hinted their more to the story. i also enjoyed reading more about Nic Braxton a herion who is powerful and strong.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    FBI agent Nicole and Private investigator Griffin thought when they ended the Beauty Queen killer that the nightmares would end but they were wrong…dead wrong. Nicole Baxter and Griffin Powell team up once again to stop a serial killer only this time it wasn’t by choice. They both received a personal invite by the killer himself. Nicole and Griffin will do everything in their powers to put a final stop to the madness. The killer or as he likes to call himself “the hunter” is glad that both Griff FBI agent Nicole and Private investigator Griffin thought when they ended the Beauty Queen killer that the nightmares would end but they were wrong…dead wrong. Nicole Baxter and Griffin Powell team up once again to stop a serial killer only this time it wasn’t by choice. They both received a personal invite by the killer himself. Nicole and Griffin will do everything in their powers to put a final stop to the madness. The killer or as he likes to call himself “the hunter” is glad that both Griffin and Nicole have accepted his challenge. He was ready for a new and worthy opponent to hunt and he has just the perfect prey in FBI agent Baxter. The hunter likes to play with his victims first by letting the women experience temporary freedom and then hunting them down for the ultimate kill. Also this killer scalps the women for trophies. Agent Baxter’s scalp will be his pride and glory. The Murder Game is the second book in this series. The Dying Game is the first. Though I have not read The Dying Game yet, you don’t necessarily have to read it in order to enjoy The Murder Game. It’s been a little while since I have read a Beverly Barton book and after reading The Murder Game a book that I have been wanting to read for a little bit now, I am excited to say I won’t let another long period go by again without reading one of Ms. Barton’s books again. Once I started this book I had a very hard time wanting to put it down. It moved at a great pace. The way the killer took on his prey was very sinister and I loved it. I am already on the hunt for the next book I am going to read by Ms. Barton.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really wish I would've known two things before starting this book: 1. It's part of a series and this is not the first book. 2. It's technically "romantic suspense" (which I had not even known was a genre until looking this book up on Goodreads). Regarding the first thing, I would've preferred to read the first book first, but ultimately I didn't have any trouble following along. There were things that I didn't know that someone who'd read the previous books would have, but it didn't matter all t I really wish I would've known two things before starting this book: 1. It's part of a series and this is not the first book. 2. It's technically "romantic suspense" (which I had not even known was a genre until looking this book up on Goodreads). Regarding the first thing, I would've preferred to read the first book first, but ultimately I didn't have any trouble following along. There were things that I didn't know that someone who'd read the previous books would have, but it didn't matter all that much. Regarding the second, I probably wouldn't have read this if I had known. The modern romance genre isn't really my thing. I end up skimming parts because I just don't care since they're stereotypical and occasionally cringe-worthy, and this book definitely had those parts. (view spoiler)[Especially the "Oh, he's not so bad - NO! I HATE HIM! I CAN'T BE FALLING IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE I HATE, WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!" parts. (hide spoiler)] I could've done without that. (view spoiler)[That and most of the romance, really. And the pregnancy "scare" seemed kind of forced, but whatever. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, if you like crime thrillers AND romance novels, this book may be the one for you - though you may want to start earlier in the series. However, if you're looking for crime thriller and are not a fan of romance novel tropes, you may want to look elsewhere.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Before starting this, I read some of the other reviews here and was slightly worried. I haven't read the previous book in the series, but didn't want to put this off any longer so tried it without doing so. I needn't have worried. Yes there was some previous backstory I wasn't privy to, but I had absolutely no trouble following the story and characters. I was hooked straight away. The storyline was good, strong, and I enjoyed ever minute of it. I would have given it 5 stars, except errors in the b Before starting this, I read some of the other reviews here and was slightly worried. I haven't read the previous book in the series, but didn't want to put this off any longer so tried it without doing so. I needn't have worried. Yes there was some previous backstory I wasn't privy to, but I had absolutely no trouble following the story and characters. I was hooked straight away. The storyline was good, strong, and I enjoyed ever minute of it. I would have given it 5 stars, except errors in the book really tried my patience and brought the rating down a notch. To me, they were simple things that should have been picked up in editing. There was a point where Nicole was reviewing the previous victims stats, and she says "five of the four victims" to me that was a simple error that should not have gone to print. In addition, there were discrepancies about the number of victims. Victim number seven has been abducted, and yet the characters are referring to her as victim number six. It really disappointed me, and without those mistakes I would have given this book a solid 5 stars and been happy to do so.

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