Playing with Death – Simon Scarrow and Lee Francis
Why did it take me so long to read this?
I don’t know what took me so long with this; as an ex-police officer I have always been obsessed with crime novels and thrillers. Perhaps this is a dark part of me that no-one gets to see much of nowadays.
It took me a while to get used to the writing as I tend to not be a fan of things written in the third person, it just sometimes interrupts the flow of things for me. Most of the time I give up with third person, but with this I kept going, which should tell you something.
In this book we follow an FBI investigator Rosie, and who doesn’t love a good FBI novel? Right from the beginning this gripped me; the main character is kick-ass yet floored and very real, which I love and I loved the insights into her family and friendships. Having been in law enforcement I know the strain that it can put on relationships and family, so I always find this intriguing. However without a shadow of a doubt the best bits of this book are the crimes and how they are committed. It is innovative, real and leaves you thinking, “What the ****?” Brilliant concept and so original is all that I can say as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I immediately wanted to go out and watch the film until I realised there wasn’t one! If you like crime novels then I recommend that you pick this book up, as it is one of the best I have read.