The Devil's Game by S.L. Pierce and Maren Kaye

Rated 4.25/5 based on 5 reviews
Is a stranger who stalks your stalker a friend or your worst enemy?

Rachel Pendelton is determined to break from her small town past and stake out a new life for herself with a dream job in the big city. When anonymous gifts start appearing in her locked apartment, she doesn't know who to turn to. What she doesn't know is a game has begun and only one can finish alive. More

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Words: 55,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466190979
About S.L. Pierce

S.L. Pierce spent ten years in college getting a PhD in engineering before figuring out that engineering was not for her.
She now lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.

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Review by: Penumbra Publishing on Oct. 13, 2011 :
THE DEVIL’S GAME
By S.L. Pierce & Maren Kaye
Psychological Thriller
Ebook provided by the author as a contest prize
Review by Willa Kaye Danes, author at Penumbra Publishing

This story about a girl and her stalker – and her stalker’s stalker intent on ending things badly – was highly suspenseful and kept me guessing to the end regarding the real culprit. A well written psychological thriller with great characterization and pacing, The Devil’s Game switches scenes from an ambition-driven psychiatrist and her patient (Patient X), obsessed with following stalkers, to the rather hapless but likeable victim, Rachel, alone in the big city, and not sure who she can trust to turn to for help when mysterious gifts begin appearing inside her apartment. Later, the gifts are accompanied by threatening messages, but poor Rachel is at a loss to figure out how the culprit is gaining access to her apartment. There are plenty of suspects to choose from, and some deliberate misdirection that makes it continually impossible to figure out who the real stalker is. It is intense reading, and the characters are all very believable and well drawn. The dialog is crisp and realistic, and I found myself instantly drawn into Rachel’s world of worry and woe.

On a technical side, there were a few instances of point-of-view mixing I felt should not have been there, but they were unobtrusive enough not to mar the reading of the story. Another issue is that the authors give us snippets of almost everyone’s point of view, but conveniently leave out clues I felt should have been dealt with a little more fairly in the story. That is the main reason it was so hard to figure out who the stalker and the stalker-stalker were, because things were kept from the reader in such a way that it didn’t seem quite logical, given that we are seeing everyone’s thoughts. Overlooking this, one can still become quickly absorbed in the story and empathize with Rachel throughout the whole ordeal. The ending wraps up nicely, and overall the story is very entertaining and riveting.

I would rate it 5/5 but for the bit about the holding back of clues when in the POV of the ‘guilty parties.’ With that, it earns a 4.5. out of 5.0. Well done, and recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: james crawford on Sep. 25, 2011 :
Just when I thought I figured out this book it seemed like another piece to the puzzle came out of nowhere and proved me wrong. I figured out who Patient X was rather quickly but that is only a section of the puzzle of who is stalking Rachel and by no means ruins the rest of the mystery.

This book is fast paced and exciting. In some places it gets creepy; in a good way. I didn’t like that it seemed to skip weeks at a time without notice, leave you feeling like you missed a page or two.

I liked this story and give it 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed guessing who Rachel’s stalker was and went back and forth between a few of the characters on who it was. Rachel’s stocker’s stocker (Patient X) was easy for me to figure out but in no way hurt the story with all the other mysteries going on. I found Patient X to be very interesting and would look forward to the therapy sessions between Patient X and Dr Pike. My biggest complaint is always the same with all short stories, I felt like there could have been more. although its word count was 50,000; i was left still wanting to read more. I would rate this story 13 and up

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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: DivaV on Sep. 11, 2011 :
A wonderful, intense read, that you can't put down once you start. Highly recommend it. You won't regret it.S.L Pierce, is one author you'll definetely won't want to miss out on.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: David Green on Aug. 17, 2011 :
It’s not very often i pick up a book and literally cannot put it down and feel a need to read it all in one go but that is exactly what happened here.
I picked up this book at 2pm and 5 hrs later finished it simply because there was never a point in the whole story where the suspense stopped and i could take a breather.
Rachel, the main character, is being stalked and you are kept guessing all the way through, until the authors want you to know, as to who is the stalker.
But even then there are more twists and sub plots that take you to the thrilling conclusion.
Thrills and chills right from the word go as the authors keep up the pace relentlessly.
This is one of those little golden nuggets that a reader is constantly searching for, a novel that is fully enjoyable with absolutely nothing negative to say about it.
Well done to both SL Pierce & Maren Kaye i seriously hope that this book gets noticed and someone decides to base a film on it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Grace Guerra on July 24, 2011 : (no rating)
Warning: Before starting this book...go ahead and sit at the edge of your seat because that's where you'll end up. This is one PSYCHOlogical thriller that will keep you checking your doors and windows to make sure they're locked. All the characters are likable, even though you feel like slapping them a couple of times. The ending is unpredictable, the suspense and the goosebumps are real. Sit back and enjoy the ride, there's nothing you can do, but sit at the edge of your seat and hope it all turns out for the best.

S.L. Pierce is on my highly recommended author list, now I can add yet another one with this dynamic duo. Welcome to the list, Maren Kaye
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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