Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Book Review -- Playing the Game, by Simon Gould

Simon Gould was a new author to me, and one of the first books I bought for my Kindle. It was at the bargain price of 99p and still is.

The main character is Detective Michael Patten. He is contacted by a killer, nicknamed "The Chemist" by the local press. He was called The Chemist as he had previously kidnapped two girls, injected them with a drug and sent the detectives the antidote to the drug for when and if they found the girls. That was the game. "Playing the Game" involved trying to find the girls in order to give them the antidote. Detective Patten had no idea why "The Chemist" chose him to "Play the Game".

There are lots of twists and turns in the book, it was fast paced and it had me gripped from start to finish. Admittedly there are some editing errors but if you overlook these it is fine. It did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all.

I would recommend it to anyone who likes James Patterson's earlier books. I say earlier books as I'm not sure that Patterson's later books are all his own work due to the amount he brings out in one year.

I am looking forward to Simon Gould's sequel to this book called "Viper Trail" hopefully due out in June.