ONE ROOM. FIVE SUSPECTS. THREE HOURS TO FIND A KILLER
A waitress. A cleaner. An actress. A lawyer. A student. Everyone is a suspect.
In a locked room – with no escape, and no idea how they got there.
In the bathtub, the body of a man they all knew. Someone murdered him. Someone in this room.
They have three hours to find out. Or they all die.
THE RULES ARE SIMPLE. THE GAME IS NOT
This is a really great debut novel, refreshingly unique in its setting and a brilliant locked room mystery.
I know this phrase is over used and stereotypical but it really did keep me utterly hooked right up to the “What the Hell?” twist at the end!
Five people, one locked and sealed hotel room, a dead body in the bathroom and only three hours for Morgan Sheppard to figure out who the killer is amongst them or they are all going to die, along with everyone else in the hotel, a hotel that has been packed with explosives.
It definitely has a Saw type feel to it, only a man in a horses head mask instead of a creepy puppet doling out the instructions of the game. One that sounds fairly simple. How hard can it be with only 4 other living people locked in the room with him?
I was a little skeptical to begin with as to how interesting this would be being the fact it’s all set in one room but if anything that actually added to the book giving it a suffocating, claustrophobic edge to the atmosphere. The book is full of deception, secrets, manipulation and revenge as well as twists and turns throughout the entire book.
Morgan Sheppard is a notoriously famous TV resident detective with his own talk show where the premise of the show is to decide who is telling the truth amongst his chat show guests who have been accused of cheating or similar. A bit like Jerry Springer!
His fame came about at a young age when he solved the murder of his Maths teacher at school and being dubbed as a young Sherlock Holmes. And that is all he wants from life, to be famous (and rich of course!) But he is also an alcoholic, drug addict so he certainly isn’t the run of the mill protagonist, he’s not particularly likeable at times either! He certainly doesn’t want the job of revealing the killer in the room, or having other people’s lives in his hands but the man in the mask is insist that Sheppard must be the one who figures out who the killer is.
It is set in two different time lines, the here and now adult Sheppard and back in the early 1990’s 11 years old Sheppard gives the story room to breathe outside of the hotel room but it is scenes locked in the room that held my interest the most.
Fighting the cravings that are clouding his mind it is a fight against time to find out who the killer is, who is behind the horse’s head and why they have been chosen by whomever is behind the whole thing.
This book is fast paced with twists and turns galore and full of tension and suspense the entire way through.
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