Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars.
And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage.
You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you.
He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes.
If he dies. You die.
You have four hours to stay alive.
What would you do?
And... breathe!! OMG!! I've just finished reading this book and honestly I'm still waiting for my pulse rate to return to normal. J.S. Carol took me on a claustrophobic, adrenaline-pumping, hair-raising ride that's left me an emotional wreck.
"From this moment on I am God."
What would you do if while dining in a restaurant, a masked, armed terrorist wearing an explosive vest comes in and says the above? I'd surely pee in my pants and die of a heart attack there and then. And that would have been the easiest way out of this terrifying situation. This is what happens to a bunch of Hollywood's rich and famous while dining at Alfie's, an exclusive restaurant in LA. One of these is Jody 'JJ' Johnson, a Hollywood PR consultant who has agreed to meet with one of her clients at this restaurant.
"There was nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide."
When the first execution is carried out in cold blood, everyone is sure that the bomber means business. From then on things turn very ugly. These people, who were used to give orders, now have to obey someone else's demands or else... die, as simple as that! While this is happening, all major newsrooms break the story to the world. Police seal off the street and journalists rush to the area to fight for the best vantage point, exclusive coverage and interviews.
Reading this book, my mind was full of questions such as: Who is this guy? What does he want? Why is he doing this? Why did he target this particular restaurant? How will it all end? How many hostages will have to die before this bomber is stopped?
Okay, this book is certainly NOT for the faint-hearted. From the first page, I knew that this would be a great read. The fast-paced action starts almost immediately and never slows down. The author certainly succeded in creating the right level of urgency, tension and danger. While I was reading it, I could feel my heart pumping very fast and I'm sure my blood pressure sky-rocketed.
Short, fast-paced, tension-packed chapters kept my heart racing throughout and made me go through this book like a breeze. The events in this book take place over a period of 4 hours. Chapters alternate between what's happening inside the restaurant, on the street outside and in the TRN Newsroom. I found myself actually looking forward to the scenes outside the restaurant as I couldn't bear the high tension inside the restaurant. On many occasions I realised I was holding my breath, afraid to turn on to the next page. There were moments in which my hand instinctively went to cover my mouth. I imagined I was one of those poor terrified hostages with my life hanging on the line.
My heart was in my mouth throughout and as the number of victims increased I found myself mentally pleading with the bomber to STOP and with the author to turn the chain of events in a favourable direction for the hostages, as I truly couldn't stand the tension any more. But that didn't happen and the author kept traumatising me one chapter after the other.
This book is not worth 5 stars... but 5 blazing comets! It is absolutely one of the best thrillers I've read in ages and will certainly be among my top 10 best reads of this year. If you love books that get your heart pumping, The Killing Game is a MUST!
With huge thanks to the lovely Kim Nash of Bookouture for sending me a very early copy of this book to read and review.
James Carol is the bestselling author of BROKEN DOLLS, the first in a series featuring former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter. The novel was released in the UK in January 2014 to rave reviews and reached number 1 on the Amazon fiction and thriller charts. In addition James is writing a series of eBooks set during Winter's FBI days. PRESUMED GUILTY is the first of these. Under the pseudonym J.S. Carol, he has also written THE KILLING GAME.