The first part of Games People Play, starts with a child abduction, setting up the scenes for what is to come. Teaching us who the characters are. We get to know who Charlie Cameron P.I. interacts with.
This sets the premise of the book, as the first in the series, I found knowing the other characters interesting, from his shady friend, to how Charlie got to work in a room, above a bar in Glasgow.
The main storyline is about a baby abduction, will she be found in time? Who has her? Why?
Every parents nightmare is that your child either gets ill, or goes missing; however, what if you can't tell the Police the truth, in fear of it damaging your already fragile marriage and wife.
This is where P.I. Cameron comes in, to take a case, he know he really shouldn't. It is too close to home for him. This is partly why he became a P.I. who works cases for moral rather than money.
The Scottish setting gave the book a raw gritty, Northern feel. Imagining the settings and placements well.
As the first in the series I found the writing of extremely high quality, descriptive, with well placed characters, especially Charlie and his friends, all diverse, but belonging in the storylines. I found it a very riveting read, and the relationships where complex and had a raw, real feel to them. Reading about a P.I. was a refreshing change, as I usually read police procedures or Psychological thrillers.
This is an author to look out for, with a grit crime series, knowing the characters, I am looking forward to book 2 in the series.
4.5 star rating review from Bookstormer