Friday, February 10, 2017

{Book Review} "Game On" by Lillian Duncan

Rating: 3/5

Lucas McMann just wants to continue on the life path his father set out for him: Congressman, then Senator, and finally, President of the United States. Everything is going right as he begins to campaign to become the next Senator from North Caroline. That is, until he discovers people stalking him and random strangers chasing him down to take his picture. His friends think he's making the whole thing up. Lucas only knows one person who can help.

Nikki Kent has enjoyed her life as a private investigator in Florida. When Lucas, her old high school love, shows up out of the blue, her life is turned upside down. Forced to face anger that has lingered for sixteen years, Nikki seriously contemplates whether or not she should help him. Doing so would be dangerous for her heart. Not helping him could endanger his life. Nikki has a well-kept secret about her relationship with Lucas that Lucas doesn't even know. Is it possible to keep him from finding out now that he's back in her life?

With stalking, kidnapping and murder wrecking Lucas' life, he just wants this game to end. What will it take to end it once and for all?

Lillian Duncan is a skilled Christian suspense author. She balances the characters' faith, romantic feelings, and the suspense of the plot expertly. The characters face trying events, and Duncan weaves their faith in God into the story effortlessly. The plot is intriguing and will leave readers guessing who the stalker is. I really enjoyed this novel, but one thing that I didn't enjoy was the lack of descriptive writing. Duncan created well-developed characters, but the critical scenes of the book often ended in a scene change. Instead of descriptively writing out how the scene plays out, Duncan often skips to the next scene and uses the characters' dialogue to reveal what happened. I'm being really picky with this, but it got frustrating toward the end of the book. Duncan is a great author, and this is a suspense novel worth reading, but her writing style just left me wanting more from the story at times.

I received an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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