REVIEW: A Game of Greed and Deception – John Matthews * * * * *

A Game of Greed and Deception - John Matthews

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STAR RATING: 5 Stars

Book Description from Amazon

She was young and beautiful, and recently married to a very wealthy middle-aged man who considered her to be the ultimate woman for him and who held her out as a model for his beloved 10-year-old daughter. They had traveled to a mountain hideaway to celebrate their first year together as a family when things began to unravel. Her husband becomes a missing person after a treacherous car accident, but the wife prematurely celebrates her pending fortune.
What ensues is the macabre mystery drama of a woman driven by her soulless greed and self entitlement who quickly turns from the hunter to the prey. This deadly game of murder and deception will keep you on the edge of your seat. The macabre scenes include deadly traps and medieval torture devices, hidden doors and rooms, and an underground labyrinth of torture chambers built beneath the cabin. Add in the legend of a buried hoard of pure gold bars, and it becomes clear that someone has a much bigger plan in mind and will let nothing get in their way. This is a revenge mystery so devious that it is set up to fool the State police investigation. The plot twists will keep you guessing until the final scene as to what is really going on. Be ready for a real shock, but let your intuition guide you.

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MY REVIEW

A Game of Greed and Deception is a suspenseful, edge of your seat thriller. The young, greedy and ambitious Tammy married the perfect man, while middle aged, balding but filthy rich Stephen thought marrying her was the best thing that ever happened to him. At their one year wedding anniversary the happy couple and Stephen’s ten year old daughter, Maria travel to a Colorado mountain cabin to celebrate. The problem is, things are not as they seem.

What I liked about the book

Author John Mathews does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the gripping story line. Most of the book is written from Tammy’s point of view and her inner dialogue is not only disturbing but is often clearly psychotic.  The flashbacks to her childhood fills in the blanks and gives the reader a well-rounded understanding of her personality. As the story progresses, the tensions builds, until its spectacular conclusion. I have to admit that I did not expect the ending.

What I didn’t enjoy that much

At times I felt that the dialogue was unnatural. This could well have been deliberate, due to some of the events in the story but it still niggled me a bit. For me though, it was a small distraction from an otherwise thrilling book.

Final thoughts

This is a great read, with a well-executed plot.  Fans of the thriller and suspense genre should enjoy its many twists and turns.

STAR RATING: 5 Stars

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