Narrator: Dave Mallow, J.W. Terry, Robin Riker, Stephen Mendel, Toni Attell
Published by Self Published / Indie on 11 November 2016
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
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Are all rules broken when it comes to playing a game? Washed ashore a South Carolina beach, Lois Steinberg learns her shelter, an old plantation house, was scheduled to host a "Catch Me" game convention. When the cook is the first one found murdered, the game environment instantly morphs into a terrifying evening reminiscent of And Then There Were None. This audio book has won the Platinum Award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition.
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I do love a good dark, stormy, isolated murder mystery. The setting drew me right in. All these folks, most of them strangers to one another, are trapped at a small convention on a South Carolina island during a hurricane. Lois, our main female character, washes up on shore and is rescued by these convention goers. The plot thickens when a character ends up dead.
Then the characters do something smart: they all agree to move about in triples. This makes it rather hard for the murderer(s) to knock someone else off. Toss in some spyness-like intrigue, argumentative characters, various lies and pretenses, plus the lovable Retriever dog Mite, and you have a pretty entertaining tale.
In some ways, this story felt like a 1960s murder mystery. There’s several characters that fit well-worn (and well-loved) molds. Most of the ladies are beautiful and are of romantic interest. The guys range from the handsome but mysterious hero to the angry and sketchy but perhaps not a murderer type to the always flirtatious guy. If it wasn’t for the tech (the modern computer game Catch Me, etc.), I would have placed this story in the the 1940s-1960s based on the characters.
There were tons of reveals in this story. So many of the characters had ulterior motives that I actually became a little fatigued with all the people having ‘ah, ha!’ or ‘No! I may be a bad person but I’m not a murderer!’ moments as they accuse one another and respond. In the end, the big reveal of who is the murderer was a little surprising and then yet another surprise and then another. While I can appreciate the intricacy of plot, I did find it a bit of a whirlwind in such a short book where the characters have little time to develop.
Mite was one of my favorite characters. I’m glad there was a lovable furball in the mix. Lois was my next favorite because I didn’t know for the bulk of the book if she was simply a woman in need of assistance or if she was a schemer and potential murderer. While there was a good dose of canned, predictable dialogue, I was swept up in the story by the pace of the novel and the dark, stormy setting. 4/5 stars.
Narration: The narration and sound effects for this audiobook were top shelf. All the characters had unique voices complete with regional or national accents. I especially liked the voice for Jared, the flirtatious and rude (sometimes crude) arrogant jerk. The sound effects were well done along with the bits of music. They never overpowered the dialogue and they really kept me on the hurricane-drenched island. 5/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book.