Sara-Jayne Townsend is a published crime and horror writer and likes books in which someone dies horribly. She is founder and Chair Person of the T Party Writers’ Group. http://sarajaynetownsend.weebly.com/
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But Kim little imagines what she’s really dealing with. Behind the man’s killer sits a truly ingenious sociopath, a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment into the darkest limits of manipulating the most vulnerable.
This is the second book in the DI Kim Stone series, and clearly a re-release since books 3 & 4 are already available. However, it is not absolutely necessary to read them in order, since each book does stand alone as a separate story.
In places, this is a difficult book to read. Parts of it are told from the villain’s point of view, and the villain is a truly hateful person. Kim Stone is also quite a difficult person to like at times, but her back story tells a sad tale of child abuse and growing up in a series of foster homes. Knowing all this does give the reader a better understanding of, and empathy for, the character.
‘Evil Games’ is an apt title for this book, as throughout Kim and the sociopath she is pursuing attempt to out-manoeuvre each other in psychological mind games. The result is an utterly compelling novel that will have you gripped to the end.
Fans of police procedurals and strong female characters will find much to like in the Kim Stone novels.