WOMAN & HOME'S BEST THRILLER OF 2019
'If you like a proper, twisty nerve-wracking thriller, here's one for you!'
Emma Curtis, author of One Little Mistake
Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:
YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?
The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.
And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.
As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.
But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?
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Customer ReviewsSee All
Great start to a new series
This is a very good read and for a debut novel, I’m certainly looking forward to more from Leona Deakin. I was gripped from the first page to the last.
Four people disappear after they receive birthday cards anonymously, they are invited to play a game but to play they have to log on. Would you log on? Would you be just a little bit curious? They are not known to each other. The police won’t do anything because the four people are adults.
Psychologist Augusta Bloom and business partner Marcus Jameson ex MI6 are looking into the disappearance of one of the four. But it’s not long before they realise that there is more going on than they first thought and it’s not anything pleasant, they are becoming a part of the game.
I loved Augusta Bloom and Marcus Jameson. Bloom remains cool, calm, collected and analytical and Jameson is more explosive, but they complement each other well. I found the start a little bit slow but then it picked up, that may have just been me not quite focused because once you were drawn into the game, the tension started to rise. Bloom and Jameson find themselves drawn more and more into the game and they not only have to rescue themselves but others as well.
There is also teenager Seraphine’s story. Was she evil? Or was she just a bit lost and broken?
I think the story has been really well thought out, after all how many of us fill forms in online? Questionnaires, where would you go for your next holiday Barbados, New York or Bognor? (Sorry nothing wrong with Bognor) another survey may ask what brand of tea we like? What car do we drive? How many children? Then all this information is collated, analysed and manipulated and by then they know more about us than we do.
This was a great debut novel and I look forward to more of Augusta Bloom.