I'm not really sure how I should rate this book. On one hand, I thought the plot was very original. My family plays a lot of board games, so I could really relate to the main character and her family. On the other hand, I don't feel that the other characters were very well developed. Still on the fence about how many stars to rate it, so I'll say 4 star and give the author the benefit of the doubt.
BLOWN AWAY by Shane Gericke: Lucille Crawford apparently drove her car into a cemetery chain-link fence after a shot to the head. The gun is on the seat beside her, still in the car. After meeting Commander Martin Benedetti at the scene, new cop Emily Thompson and the rest of the police there initially decide it was a suicide. Soon they learn this is the latest of a series of murders, all of which connect to Emily Every murder includes not only her police card but also clues which point to one of the board games she played as a child. Eventually Emily realizes that she is the ultimate target with her fortieth birthday as the target date. Although she is surrounded by protection the final hours before Emily's birthday prove that police protection isn't enough. Through a series of flashbacks we know who the killer is well before Emily does. Well written, but could have benefited from better editing, i.e. fewer flashbacks, later in the book, each with more substance.
A new author---A serial killer is playing a deadly game. There are no rules except one: The killer always wins. The loser always dies.
Great book for a new author! Suspenseful and good characters. I'll definitely read more from him. I did figure out a couple of things before the author revealed them but it was still a good read.
Good cop story, keeps you guessing