Want To Play? by P.J. Tracy

Want To Play? (Monkeewrench #1)In this electrifying debut, the slaying of an old couple in small town America looks like one-off act of brutal retribution. But at the same time, in Minneapolis, teams of detectives scramble to stop a sickeningly inventive serial killer striking again in a city paralysed by fear.

When the two separate investigations converge on an isolated catholic boarding school, decades old secrets begin to fall away. It seems an old killer has resurfaced. Yet still the killer’s real identity remains dangerously out of reach …

I first read this book several years ago, back when I used to frequent my local library. I remembered being pretty wowed at how much it sucked me in so I thought it deserved a reread before I made my way through the rest of the series.

Surprisingly I remembered a lot of it, including the whodunnit but it was still held my attention, even knowing how it was going to end. (On a first time read, the reveal at the end is a real shocker, I think). The characterisation is wonderful and although there are quite a few main characters all jostling for page time, the author introduces them in such a way that it is easy to keep them separate in your head.

Overall, amazing crime/thriller.

Book: 5*

Cover: 3*

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