Blog Tour Review, Their Wicked Games

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Their Wicked Games
D.K. Hood

319 pages
published June 13, 2023

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About the book

As she scans the dark pine forest, the unmistakable sound of a twig snapping breaks the silent stillness. She isn’t alone. She begins to run but she hardly has time to scream before her world goes black…

On a secluded path near Black Rock Falls, three bodies lie bloodied and still—the arrows that killed them removed, and polished penny coins carefully placed on their frozen eyes. When Sheriff Jenna Alton and Deputy David Kane are called in, they are shocked to recognise the hallmarks of an infamous serial killer. But he’s been in prison for ten years.

Jenna is convinced that the attacker knew the trio and lured them into the forest. But who would want to harm three innocent teenagers? And how does a convicted murderer fit in? Jenna knows she must question James Earl Stafford—one of America’s most dangerous killers—if she’s to save more innocent young lives.

With Stafford refusing to give answers, Jenna is convinced that a copycat killer is stalking her small town. And her worst fears are realised when a local fisherman discovers another teenager’s lifeless body floating in the shallows of a local watering hole with the same penny coins covering her eyes.

As parents panic for their children’s lives, Jenna works around the clock to track down the murderer, but little does she know that one of her own team is now being watched. Can Jenna play the killer’s wicked game and prevent another life from being taken?

Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot, Their Wicked Games is a nail-biting crime thriller from USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author D.K. Hood that will have you hooked from the very first page.

**Each Kane and Alton book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

My Review

So me and another series.  Have I read all the books in the series?  No.  Do I wish I had?  Yes.  Did this affect my enjoyment of this one?  Heck no.  This is another series I have grown quite fond of.  This is a little grittier or maybe I mean darker than some of the other crime series I recommend.  Kane was an assassin for the government and killed for a living in his past life.  This comes up during the book, so you aren’t likely to forget that.  Some of the deaths in this one are a little gruesome.  Enough detail that you know what happened but not too much to be overkill.

This one starts out a little personal as Sheriff Jenna is kidnapped and there is quite a bit of action with that.  Then the team with help from a few FBI friends tries to stop a potential copy cat serial killer.  While the murders are vastly different than the original, there is a small unique detail that links them to a previous serial killer that is locked up.  I like how they uncover what is going on to piece things together.  There are many POVs in this one including a few chapters from the original serial killer showing his life and times, and pull, in jail.

Of course I was kept guessing on who was killing and why, with twists and turns to keep me wanting more and even a few red herrings along the way.  I love that Jenna and Kane’s dog gets in on the case too by helping track in the woods.

If you love crime series then this one should be on your radar.  At 19 books strong, this might be the best one I’ve read in the series.

Author Bio

D.K. Hood is THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY and AMAZON bestselling author of the Detective Kane and Alton Series. Her spine chilling, fast-paced serial killer thrillers revolve around Sheriff Jenna Alton and her ex-special forces Deputy, Dave Kane. As the main characters fight crime, their secret pasts are never far away. Set in and around the fictional backwoods town of Black Rock Falls, Montana, known locally as Serial Killer Central, D.K.’s imagery takes the reader into the scenes with her. Given the title “Queen of Suspense” by her reviewers, D.K.’s writing style offers her readers a movie style, sizzling fast thrill ride.

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