The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work. With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment. Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.
I had wanted to jump on the Kim Stone bandwagon for so long, but I never seemed to find the time to start reading this series… When I saw that there was a blog tour for #2 approaching, I knew this was my chance. I had already bought the first one, so I devoured Silent Scream in a day and I fell in love with this group of characters and the way the author crafts her mysteries.
The first book hadn’t only kept me guessing but it almost made me cry. Let’s just say there were two storylines involving children and I was particularly sensitive that day. Also, the ending caught me by surprise and I found Kim’s character to be memorable, fierce and strong. I wanted more.
Evil Games was quite different from the first book, especially because that was a more traditional mystery with a few suspects, whereas in this one, you already know who’s behind each crime. There are two different storylines and despite knowing who the bad guy is from the start, there will definitely be some surprises along the way… What can I say? I didn’t guess anything. Kudos to the author.
As I told the lovely Angela Marsons via via Twitter, I hadn’t been this fascinated by a book villain in a very long time. She was so brilliant and evil that I couldn’t help but smile every time she used her manipulation skills. She kept me glued to the pages and, as much as I love Kim already, Alex was undoubtedly the star of this book. In addition, we get to discover more about Kim’s past and I think this is what makes this series different from the rest of police procedurals out there.
The other storyline involving child abuse was disturbing, but I still couldn’t stop reading. I really love the dynamics between the team and Bryant is, of course, one of my favorite characters. I think Dawson has potential as well, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series… From what I gather , they’re just getting better and better.
Bonnie Zaffre, 2017