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Summary

In this game it’s kill or be killed…         

A stranger has you cornered.
They call themselves The Host.
You are forced to play their game.
In it one person can live and the other must die.

You are the next player.
You have a choice to make. 

This is a game where nobody wins....

A nerve-shredding cat-and-mouse serial killer thriller that will keep you guessing and reading into the night, perfect for fans of Adrian McKinty, John Marrs and Steve Cavanagh 

©2020 Darren O’Sullivan (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Brilliantly dark, sinister and twisted." (Lisa Hall)

"Saw meets I See You. Dark, twisted and deadly." (CL Taylor)

 "A psychological thriller that packs a real punch." (Choice)

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amazing

kept me engaged throughout. loved it. great reader too. highly recommend :) looking for others from same author :)

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Gripping but I need answers

A gripping story and a very enjoyable listen however it left me with many questions afterwards. Also didn't think the hosts identity matched the one writer had portrayed.

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Managed to finish the book but left feeling underwhelmed. Sorry but I didn’t think the male narration matched the character.

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Great book.

The ending makes you think. Very true to society today. I love this mix of characters the views from them all. The story line.
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Draws you into their lives and you really feel for them.

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Jaw droppingly brilliant!

OMG this book was amazing! I love dark and disturbing psychological thrillers and this book is up there with the best! This isn't your usual serial killer story because the 'killer' (known as The Host) doesn't actually kill. He forces others (The Players) to do it.

The book reminded me a lot of the Saw movie franchise and I would imagine this is where Mr O'Sullivan got his inspiration. The story is brilliantly disturbing and chilling with twist after twist and made compulsive listening and my heart was racing long after the book had finished. I liked the way that social media discussions played a part in the book, allowing us to know what the residents of Peterborough felt about the horrific games.

I also really liked the protagonist, DI Karen Holt, who refused to give up even though she knew she could lose her job. I'd love to see more of her in another book, please Mr O'Sullivan!

Great narration by Emma Pallant and David Thorpe made this one of my favourite listens of 2021.