Ellison’s sixth novel featuring homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson is arguably her best book to date. A tense thrill ride filled with secrets, raw emotion and death, newcomers will love it as much as her longtime fans. After completing this one, you will scream for the next book.

Taylor Jackson begins to lose everything she holds dear when a killer known as the Pretender permanently scars someone she loves and leaves her a message: “Game on.” The murders continue and it’s clear that the perpetrator’s not just a psychopath, but a genius with a vendetta. As she races to stop the killings, Jackson also learns her fiancé is keeping a secret from her that could shatter their relationship. Then she begins to realize the game is rigged and the killer holds all the cards. (MIRA, Mar., 416 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jeff Ayers