Book Review Friday: Two Can Play

“Cautious is boring.”

I took a trip to my local library on a mission to find books from unknown authors. I wanted to stroll through the shelves and see what I could find without having my usual list of must haves. Two Can Play caught my eye with its bold red cover and “deliciously twisted” quote. I did not realize it was the second in a series before I made it home but it was easy to follow regardless.

Audrey Harte is a criminal psychologist hired to prepare for the trial of a teenage serial killer, Ian Monroe. Before interviewing Monroe, Audrey receives flowers signaling the beginning of a game that she did not intend on playing. As evidence begins to come together, it is likely that Monroe had a partner or someone that is helping taunt Audrey. She must race to find answers as more girls are taken and protect the one surviving witness, Tori Scott. Between the victims, Monroe and Audrey’s personal life this book is jam packed with action. After getting past the first few chapters I couldn’t put this one down. I had to know how everything was going to come together.

As far as mystery novels go, this one is a winner! The author gives just enough of the story to keep you hooked without letting you guess too much about the future. I didn’t really know the ending until about 20 pages before it was revealed. The clues left along the way are perfect to keep the reader going. I would definitely read this book again to see if I found any more along the way.

I have spoken to the author, Kate Kessler, and book three will be out in November of this year. She is currently writing the fourth installment. I am going to be anxiously waiting for my copy to arrive! 



“Death is the beginning of eternity,” Jeff whispered.

A down and out true crime author, a trip across the country to meet a cult leader toting a teenager and a seemingly haunted house make for a quick draw into this thriller-esque read. I am not the typical ghost hunting, paranormal activity, cult believer but I did enjoy the plot line. The story goes back and forth from past to present allowing the reader to experience the world of Jeffrey Halcomb, his followers and their effect on Lucas and his daughter. My favorite aspect was the tie in after each chapter with a newspaper report, obituary, etc that related to the story and gave more insight into the characters and their deaths. Overall, this book felt like many other thrillers that are lining the shelves but with a unique ending. I would definitely read more from this author when my “thriller” mood strikes.