Firstly I must thank Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this brilliant Blog Tour for A DEADLY GAME by JOANNE GRIFFITHS
Kate Palmer, an undergraduate student, discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to drop out of university. However, on the evening before she returns home, her body is discovered in Aston park. She is the first victim of several murders that will rock the city of Birmingham.
DS James “Jim” Wardell, who has his own issues to contend with, is given the case.
When Eddie Carter, a popular talk show host on Birmingham’s radio station, is contacted by someone claiming to be the killer, it is the start of a cat and mouse game between a deranged killer and the police.
After a second body is discovered the pressure mounts on the police to capture the person responsible.
Who is killing these women and why?
Can Jim apprehend the twisted killer before more innocent women are murdered?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
One of the most horrific things that disturbed me about the killings in this book was how simple it was to end someone’s life. Yes there had to be brutal force and as I had witnessed this man in his secret role of abuser and wife beater at home, I knew how rage fuelled his strength, but I think it was more disbelief from his victims that made the conclusion a certainty. By the time they realised what was happening it was too late because this sort of thing always happened to someone else.
This is a pretty wicked book from debut author Joanne Griffiths as she took me into the minds of all the people involved in these murders. This made the story very intense and somehow took it all to a very personal and emotional level for me as it made me very involved in the story myself from every aspect. I was angry too how a label of how someone lived for a short time would be the thing that they would be remembered by not the person they were. Very sad.
I took to DS Jim Wardell a Yorkshire man now working in Aston Birmingham where all the murders were to take place and rookie Angela Watkins that had transferred into the plain clothes side of policing from uniform. They made a good match as a working team. They definitely had their work cut out on this case as the body count was steadily rising and the murderer taunted them.
Joanne Griffiths delivers to her readers a heart breaking story that is very easy to connect with and she does this with such simplicity, no completed plot to keep up with or an abundance of characters where it is easy to get lost. She is a very gutsy writer that a couple of times totally threw me in shocking ways that just left me mouth open and floored. Absolutely perfect. One thing is for sure I will be looking out her next book. She has a refreshing style that I really loved reading.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.