A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead. In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die. But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.
Murder Game is the third and final installment in the Ruby Preston series. And what a good ending! Murder Game is as entertaining as the previous two and I found this particular case fascinating. While my favorite is still number one, I really enjoyed this one too.
Ruby is investigating a series of kidnappings and murders of women who seem to share a weird connection. What I liked about this case was that it was seemingly connected to an older one: “The Lonely Heart Killer” murders, which makes Ruby and her team believe that they’re dealing with a very dangerous copycat killer. In a Silence of the Lambs fashion, Ruby starts interviewing famous serial killer Mason Gatley and tries to gather clues that can help solve the case. But is he reliable? Can he really help our protagonist?
The case is full of twists and turns and there are plenty of red-herrings, so you don’t need to worry about that. One thing I loved was the whole Sanity Line angle, but I won’t give any more details just in case. The only part that I didn’t enjoy as much was Ruby’s relationship with Nathan. I know this couple has a lot of fans and I loved them in Death Note, but I lost interest in the last book and this one didn’t make me fall in love with them either. However, the novel is still interesting without their troubling relationship. I especially love DI Dowes. He’s flawed but so interesting!
Something that’s common in all three books is that Caroline Mitchell always manages to surprise me with the last twist. They’re not *mind-blowing* twists that change the whole book perspective, but you gotta admit she’s great with “whodunits” and I miserably failed this time too.
Caroline Mitchell 3 — Annie 0
Netgalley, Bookouture , 2017