‘The Hostile Game’ by Joy Mutter


The Hostile Game

The third book in this series finds Serena facing her biggest challenge yet – as if being eighteen and pregnant wasn’t enough, she finds out what the mysterious Tile X has in store for her. With tarty Patricia tempting her boyfriend, a load more gory murders on the cards and the police starting to make connections, can Serena keep the psycho slayer in check, or will he get what he wants?

Setting up a bathroom tile as her prime suspect, you might think author Joy Mutter would have found it difficult to come up with a realistic plotline. But no, instead, she puts her foot down in the third instalment of this paranormal thriller series and notches up yet more gruesome killings in wonderfully inventive ways. And it’s not only the murderous Tile X who gets to vent his ceramic spleen – Serena’s character develops very nicely when she discovers she’s not the only one who keeps a homicidal maniac close to her chest.

Though the premise might be slightly ludicrous, and some of the murders a wee bit gory for those of a gentle disposition, Ms Mutter has a knack of writing interesting, believable characters who draw us into their weird world, forcing us to keep reading to find out where the hell we’re going on this crazy, fascinating journey.

If this particular author ever turns her skills to writing about average, homicidal psycho killers, we’ll be in for a rare treat indeed.

 
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