I absolutely loved this roller coaster of a read. Griffiths gave a great cast of characters with varying degrees of personalities that gave realism and conflict of emotions to the storylines.
Especially the families of the victims, with having an older teen daughter ready to head off to Uni, the first murder really pulled at my heart strings, and more so when Kates parents were told of her murder.
You also get to know the murder through his family life and can't help feeling for his wife and young child, who have to live with his abusive ways, while he hides his true identity from them. Considering what his wife lives with daily, it is hard to believe that she could think him worse than she does already.
I found myself being drawn into the story extremely quickly and held on until the last page.
The murderer is sadistic and I found this a nerve wracking unsettling read. With plenty to keep you drawn in and a few twisty moments I wasn't expecting.
A well written and thought out debut novel.
I was hooked on crime fiction after reading an Agatha Christie novel when I was a teenager. I loved the way the story unfolded, trying to work out the plot before the reveal.
Since reading that first book, my dream of becoming a writer would often take centre stage over the years and I would spend some time working on my manuscript before the idea was shelved again.
Time was often a factor. As a single parent with two young children, I returned to studying, completing a BSc (Hons) with the Open University. After graduating, I worked with SEN children who were at risk of exclusion from main stream school due to behavioural problems. I then spent several years with children outside of the school system, which kept me busy.
Following a serious health issue in 2014 though, I began to focus on what I still wanted to achieve and the desire to become a writer featured highly again. Dusting off my manuscript, I finally finished A Deadly Game and I am currently working on my second novel.
If I'm not writing, I enjoy reading and always have a book on the go. I also enjoy watching many of the police / detective / thriller series on television, still trying to work out the plot before the story's conclusion