Title: EVIL GAMES
Author: Angela Marsons
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Genre: Murder-Mystery | Suspense
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Inspector Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution.
But Kim little imagines what she’s really dealing with. Behind the man’s killer sits a truly ingenious sociopath, a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment into the darkest limits of manipulating the most vulnerable.
As the body count rises, Kim begins to close in on the true mastermind. But for the first time she has found an equally intelligent adversary — and one who likes nothing more than an enemy worth killing …
WHAT I THOUGHT
Author, Angela Marsons, has created not only a deeply flawed, memorable lead character in the guise of Detective Inspector Kim Stone—whose backstory is, quite honestly, heartbreaking— but also in her adversary whose mind is so focused and driven, it’s chilling.
While both characters share a great deal in common—seemingly cold, aloof and, at times, unable to connect with others on certain levels—they couldn’t be more different. One is hellbent on finding out the truth and who’s behind a grisly set of murders even if it means digging deep into her own tortured past. While the other is plotting and planning the next step in what is, for them, an experiment in human nature. And, while to all outward appearances, an upstanding member of society, Angela Marsons carefully exposes this person’s sickening and twisted persona bit, by bit, showing us how evil really works.
Marsons story and premise in EVIL GAMES is subtly nuanced, carefully plotted, with enough little twists and turns that you almost feel like looking over your shoulder. Her characters are all well fleshed out and while the tone of EVIL GAMES is dark and, at times, twisted, Marsons also finds time to lighten the mood, here and there, with the odd comic moment between members of Stones team. Refreshingly, the dialogue is as honest as the story, and true to the characters. All of which makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Never a twee, or stilted moment, the subject matter is handled with great care and attention to detail, and Angela Marsons never shies away from making this feel all oh so real. And, as such, delivers a hard-hitting and, at times, very emotional story that resonates long after the last page is read.
Rating: 8.5 / 10