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Dead Game: An Emily Stone Novel Paperback – November 30, 2009
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There is a serial killer stalking the Santa Clare area with no indication of it stopping anytime soon. The police haven't a clue. Each victim is found with a device that slowly tightens around their neck ending in a painful death by strangulation. Santa Clair Detective Duncan is heading up the investigation with very little to go on. That is until the death of a retired policeman is classified as an accident. After a bit of investigating on his part he finds a connection between the victims. They all subscribe to a computer spy game called EagleEye which the dead officer has connections to.
Emily and Rick are still on the hunt for those who prey on children. After their last rescue Rick talked Emily into taking a break to give her body and mind to mend. Then the nephew of a friend came to him announcing the death of his uncle who was also Rick's friend. Rick and Emily both agreed to jump right into the case and find the killer. They didn't know the dangers they were stepping into. They would soon find themselves right in the middle of the Dead Game Serial Killer.
I allowed myself a week to read this book. Didn't take half that time. I simply couldn't put it down. The tension of the chase, the pain felt by the victims, the fear of loss that went between Emily and Rick kept me on the edge throughout the whole book. This book could easily go to Criminal Minds for a show or become a movie of its own.
I love the fact Chase has short chapters, but she also leaves you with a hunger to keep on reading. Before you know it you've read a lot.
Chase also has a way of taking you through the investigative process--you can tell she possesses the real life expertise--of the crime scene. There are some graphic scenes (as in all the Stone series novels) that immerse you all too well into what the characters are seeing, smelling, and feeling.
She has incorporated a dash of romance in the series, giving it a bit of a softer edge, but don't take this as meaning it's a mushy read. None of them are! Surprisingly for the number of high action, sequenced scenes at times, Chase still manages to let her readers "catch their breath" even though their fingers are reaching for the button on their Kindle to advance the page.
Highly recommend the Emily Stone series for lovers of police procedurals and a brilliant storyteller.
"Dead Game: An Emily Stone novel" was a fast read.
Immediately upon the first few pages, we are thrust into Emily's life as a secret detective. She is a "lost" prior detective who slipped through the system when she was marked as deceased, and she remained to be listed as so. Now, she is solving child predator and abduction cases on her own, with the help of her lover and also retired detective Rick. With the two of them together, they make for an unbeatable, and undefeated team. They solve the crimes and catch the child killers, most times before it's too late.
Then, we are switched to another angle in the book. We start to follow some serial killers as they are using an internet game to track and choose their next victims. The killers are dilusional and sick-minded and want nothing but to see ordinary and extraordinary people alike, with their lives drained from their bodies- their voices pleading for life.
The third angle is from the detectives' point of view. They are receiving these anonymous emails from the "secret detectives" where they are solving cases that were long since "closed". And the detectives are aware of the internet-based killings, but don't know where to start finding clues on how to solve the murders.
Until they have Emily and Rick on their sides.
This book takes place over the course of about two weeks. The story was so fast paced, so that means that the serial killers had time to profile their victims, stake them out, and kill them (when no one else was around to witness) all within a day or two each victim.
There are a few murders scored in this novel, but each only last one or two pages. We don't get to know any of the deceased, so we don't really care when they are killed off. There is nothing graphic about the deaths, and nothing extraordinary about them either. Each is killed in the same manner, each killing has nothing to do with the prior (except for the gaming). If you love suspense, but not so much violence or gore, this novel would be perfect for someone just starting out in the Thriller genre. It will keep you guessing, but at the same time, it isn't riddled with unnecessary rape, blood or gore.
I wished I had gotten to get a really in depth description / conversation about what actually happened to Emily a few years prior. I didn't read the previous Emily Stone novel (didn't think these two were like sequels) so I never found out what actually happened to her. It was sort of glazed over throughout the novel. Other than that missing piece, there is no need for you to read the first in order to understand this one. "Dead Game" is a stand-alone novel, just with characters whose lives had previously been discussed in another volume.
I loved Emily's strong character. I loved that Rick allowed her to be strong too. Brave women kick butt!
This story was good. I read it within a few days. It is extremely fast-paced, peppered with surprises, love, and even some human qualities that aren't usually included in thrillers.
It might make a very good screenplay. If a director with a vivid imagination got his hands on this piece, it would make a very interesting thriller movie.
"Dead Game" is a great effort. It is one of my first thrillers that I've actually gotten through.
It's an entertaining read. If you've got a few hours, sit down and enjoy it with Jennifer Chase's second Emily Stone novel: "Dead Game"