D H Sidebottom’s all-new nail-biting crime thriller stand-alone, GAME MASTER, is NOW AVAILABLE!
Dr Vanessa Griffiths wakes the morning after her thirty-first birthday in an old abandoned hospital with no memory of the previous night.
However, she’s not alone.
A man is tied to a chair with a bomb strapped to him. Her brother is bound to another chair with a timer above him. And the Game Master is about to push her to her limits and change her life forever.
Vanessa must move quickly if she’s to play his first game and free both men.
But this is just the beginning. Game One.
As Vanessa and her new friend, Caelan, become ensnared in the Game Master’s sick game of riddles, quests, and strength, they soon find out that there’s more than just secrets and lies hidden behind each trial.
The Game Master only plays by his rules. And they are about to find out exactly what happens if they deviate from them.
Eight lives to save.
It’s time to play The Game.
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4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF
Sidebottom’s latest work didn’t disappoint. A standalone crime thriller packed with nail-biting action scenes laced with deadly riddles, there are two protagonists are featured in this story: Caelan Fen, a detective in the Met and Dr. Vanessa Griffiths. Two strangers who don’t know each other wake up in a strange place and the horror starts.
Nessa looks like the upstanding citizen, an attractive woman with a thriving career as a medical practitioner. But in every chapter each layer of her persona is revealed: a dangerous lady who knows her guns like she knows how to handle a stethoscope. Who is she really? Can her background help her quest to finish the dangerous game the Game Master has set out for her?
Detective Caelan Fen is caught in the Game Master’s web and little by little he realises that in order for his loved ones to survive, he must help Nessa and try to beat the evil puppet master in his own sport.
I have read most of this author’s books and one thing I noticed is that almost all her heroines are tough as nails, flawed but strong just like Nessa. Told in alternating points of view, this crime thriller reminds me of the TV series, 24. Each chapter starts with a timeline and the protagonists must solve each puzzle or they suffer the consequences. Every page is action filled and little by little a mystery gets unravelled.
Cleverly written, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book albeit it kept me on the edge of my seat and had me biting my finger nails. I thought I had it figured out at about three-quarters of the story, but I was so wrong. The ending though is totally the author’s style: predictably unpredictable. If you want a book that will cause you whiplash from the twists and turns you can’t keep up with, then this is it! This story is perfect for adrenaline junkies who prefer to get their thrills from turning the pages of a book and not from jumping off an aeroplane!
Author of The Heart of Stone, Room 103, Caged, and The Blue Butterfly series’.
D H Sidebottom is a full-time mum/writer. She lives in Derbyshire, England with her son and dogs, and loves nothing more than spending quality time with her family and friends.
She can often be found in the many colourful chasms of her mind before releasing the jumbled thoughts onto paper, creating an array of stories that span from romance to thriller, humorous to dark.
She loves rock music and tattooed guys and has a weakness for coffee, wine and bacon.
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