What a way to wrap up my Friday. The write-up Carla McKay gives The Nightmare Thief in today’s Daily Mail has just made my weekend:
“Rich, spoilt, Daddy’s girl Autumn Reiniger wants a really special 21st birthday, so Daddy lays on a deluxe ‘crime-spree weekend’ in the Californian wilderness. It’s organised by Edge Adventures, a company specialising in extreme reality games which Reiniger uses to test the mettle of his young traders.
“Unbeknown to Autumn, Daddy has also laid on a character called the Bad Cowboy so that Autumn can confront and overcome a childish phobia. So begins one of the most exciting openings of a crime book I have come across as the weekend scenario kicks off.
“What the reader knows, but Autumn and her pals don’t, is that Edge Adventures has been infiltrated by a criminal gang intent on wreaking revenge on Autumn’s father by holding her for ransom.
“Meantime, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is investigating the death of a lawyer whose body has been found in a remote part of the Sierras – which brings her into a collision course with Autumn’s party.
“What follows is a tense, thrill-a-second race against time as everyone present is forced to confront real life-changing danger as the ‘game’ turns nasty.”
*End self pimpery*
As you were.