Killer Takes All by Erica Spindler

esThis is the second installment in Spindler’s Stacy Killian series with See Jane Die being the first. I may have started out reading in a little wobbly foot because that first book though it was still a great read I just didn’t quite get the usual thrill or magic as I call it that I usually experience when I read Spindler’s books. But then again I solely blame it for it being the first book I picked up after a very long hiatus in reading, so I knew my being just wasn’t all that conditioned and not quite ready yet to experience the greatness of the thriller realm. However, when I started reading this book I knew, I’m already in for one heck of a thriller ride. The so called magic has indeed mystically bounded me again.

Stacy Killian being sick and tired of the blood and death and all the ugliness of her job left the police force and her sister, Jane in Dallas and moved to New Orleans in the hope of having a fresh start. She went back to university and was doing well until a friend of hers was murdered. No matter how many times she reminded herself that she was not a cop anymore, that she was now just a civilian, still she managed to get herself involved in the investigation.

The main theme of the book is RPG, role playing game. White Rabbit, the name of the game where the story revolves was inspired on the novel Alice in Wonderland which I found interesting and I thought very clever as to how the author incorporated and used it in the novel. I am not a gamer myself so that’s the only part where I kind of struggle in understanding what was going on. I made the effort of reading the parts where it explained the game and the strategy twice or thrice in an attempt to better comprehend it. I may not understand all of it but I think I had the gist of it.

The thing that really stood out for me in this book is the many twists and turns that the author integrated in here. One moment you think you already had it all figured out only to realize the next minute that nope, not over yet there’s still more to come. It made the whole story fun, thrilling, suspenseful, and annoying in a good sense. I think this is the only book I’ve read so far wherein all of my suspects but one died. Mind blown, oh yes I was.

I still love Stacy’s character just as much as the first book; tough, stubborn and arrogant, a hard-ass yet a smart woman. I felt so relieved though got a little scared for as well when she met Spencer Malone when I thought that the past might be on repeat. The romance element wasn’t overdone in fact I was craving for more, which I think allowed to give the story more focus on the suspense and thrill.

Erica Spindler did it again for me. Oh I love this woman and her crime-thrillers. Killer Takes All is a fast paced read, I couldn’t recall any boring moments. I guessed the culprit correctly in the beginning, then in the middle wasn’t that sure anymore but still one of the strong suspects, towards the end I was rock solidly convinced that person was the culprit. Oh you know, that’s one of Spindler’s skills really. Tickle and play your mind and imagination like that which I so so so love. The story was really exciting, thrilling (duh!), picked my interest, had me guessing and kept the gears in my brain working the whole time. It is for sure another gripping and can’t-put-down book.

Now, I want to read more of these sorts which makes me realized I still haven’t been able to restock my books to read drive so I don’t really have more books to read at the moment. Bummer!

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