The Killing Game by J.S. Carol

The Killing GamePublicist JJ Johnson is having lunch when a masked, armed gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage – including Hollywood’s hottest stars. JJ can make any problem disappear and turn ordinary people into global superstars. But this is one situation way out of her control.

As word spreads of the siege, the hostage victims are bargaining for their lives against a twisted individual who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

With the bomb designed to detonate if the gunman’s heart rate changes, killing him is not an option. But with only four hours to stop him, JJ will have to think fast to stop a terrifying nightmare becoming reality.

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★★½

One-Sentence Summary: A hostage situation involving Hollywood’s elite plays out in an LA restaurant

Review: When done well, there is nothing quite so edge-of-your-seat thrilling as a hostage situation whether in a book, TV show or film. You get to see how characters react in a highly tense situation and there’s usually a clever battle of the minds between the hostage taker and the police.

The trouble is that nine times out of ten, the resolution is a bit of an anti-climax as there’s usually a low volume of deaths and a high volume of survivors.

Well folks, let me introduce you to The Killing Game which does not hang around in terms of piling up the body count and if you’re expecting lots of background and build-up then you’re going to be disappointed. You get a short introduction to the main character “JJ” and then the author basically jumps right in there with the hostage situation which plays out for the remainder of the book.

Definitely one to whizz through in a couple of sittings: tense, gripping and full of twists and turns.

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