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Blog Tour: The Players – Darren O’Sullivan*

Read my review of the author’s previous book Dark Corners

 In this game it’s kill or be killed…

A stranger has you cornered.
They call themselves The Host.
You are forced to play their game.
In it one person can live and the other must die.

You are the next player.
You have a choice to make.This is a game where nobody wins…

A nerve-shredding cat-and-mouse serial killer thriller that will keep you guessing and reading into the night, perfect for fans of Adrian McKinty, John Marrs and Steve Cavanagh

My thoughts: trips to Peterborough are never going to be the same again, and neither are pipecleaners!

A motorbike helmet wearing man declares himself “The Host” in a series of horrific videos where he makes two people fight to the death while threatening their loved ones, but who is he and why is he doing this?

Inspired by the classic Trolley Problem and the idea of whether humans are always good, this is cold blooded and deeply chilling thriller. DI Karen Holt is suspended but that doesn’t stop her trying to catch the sinister figure instigating these terrible events, even when it puts her in the killer’s sights.

An interesting protagonist, Karen spots clues before some of her colleagues but she isn’t perfect or always able to save a life, which makes for a more realistic character. She is however perhaps too driven, after the case that led to her suspension, she’s willing to risk everything, from her career to her marriage, to her life, to solve this case fast, and she misses things because of that.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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