Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Wicked Game - Adam Chase - Guest book review

Guest book review by Penny Waugh
Hex, aka Joshua Thane, is a personable, successful and meticulous hired assassin, who has not put a foot wrong in any of his assignments until one day he is hired to kill a woman scientist. He has never questioned why any of these people should be killed but this case, where he finds the target already dead and her young son in the house, throws him completely off balance.
Hex becomes that unlikely creature, a hired assassin with a conscience. The case worries him deeply and he starts to dig into it, finding out things that only worry him further. Contacts he goes to for information start to turn up dead, and an uneasy  assocation with the British undercover services leads to horrifying discoveries, attempts on his own life and a desperate rush to save the world from a genetic disaster.
This is an excellent thriller. The plot is fast moving, with fascinating detail. Hex is a complicated character and a likable one. Witness to his own mother's murder as a teenager, taught his trade by a rogue Zionist, he is dedicated to what he does, and when that puts him on the side of the less bad (one can hardly say good) he responds wholeheartedly. He is not infallible and he does tend to act first and think later, but he has panache, wit and a deep desire to get at the truth, at whatever cost to himself.
His spiky relationship with McCallen, the female British agent, whose main worry for a long time seems to be keeping her job, is a delight as power shifts back and forth together with a certain amount of sexual tension. The writing is witty and involving, the denoument slightly OTT, but when are they not?

If you relish a cracking good thriller with believable people I can recommend this heartily. Hope the next in the series won't be long in coming.

Reviewed by Penny Waugh - many thanks to Penny for reading and reviewing Wicked Game for The Little Reader Library

Published by Cutting Edge Press


  1. I think that the success of books like tend to sink or fall on the depth of their characters. The persona of the character here seems to be well crafted as well as complex. Such a transformation is also believable as I have heard of a few real life hit men, coming out and expressing terrible regret over what they have done.

  2. Excellent review, thank you Penny and Lindsay! This sound like something I would enjoy.

  3. Grand ladies, this sounds quite a read. Will keep a wee eye out for it.



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