The Players by Darren O’Sullivan is a gripping psychological suspense that will hook you in from the start.
This is a terrifying read because it could be real. As Darren O’Sullivan ramps up the action, the reader’s heart-rate rises. The Players is shockingly good. I immersed myself so deeply in the action that I literally yelled out ‘No!’ at one point.
There is a monster running amok in Peterborough who holds all the cards with the police seemingly powerless. “He was a monster hiding in plain sight, a monster that looked just like them, that sounded just like them.” Evil does have a face but it is a face just like you or me. It is a face that blends in and that is a terrifying thought.
All the characters were well drawn. The leading lady was realistically flawed and easy to relate to.
Part of the novel is written in the first person through her eyes. And part is through the eyes of evil in the third person. The reader hears his voice, but like the police, we are clueless and powerless to stop him.
The Players was an amazingly terrifying read, not one to be read alone. It consumed me so much that as I woke up, the morning after I finished the book, I believed it was real!
The Players was utterly brilliant, well thought out and executed. Darren O’Sullivan is a masterful story teller.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.