Summary (from Goodreads):
“Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.
It’s a game more twisted than any Detective Inspector Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn’t spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn’t believe them.
Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case—with its seemingly random victims—has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense….”
This reminded me a little bit of the premise for the original Saw, to the point where I expected the woman who called with the instructions would open with “I want to play a game…”
Even so, this is an incredibly interesting (and creepy) read. I liked Helen immediately and love the fact that she is flawed. It seems like a lot of times, the police are these perfect creatures, completely contrasted to the villains. Nope, Helen has just as many (possibly more) issues; she’s just on the right side of things.
This book isn’t too graphic, but it’s incredibly unsettling. (Even more so because there’s a female villain, which I think is really interesting. You never really see that, or at least I can’t remember the last time I saw one.)
I can’t wait for the second book in the series to be released; I will definitely be checking that out at the first opportunity.