Title: Wicked Game Series: The Colony, Wicked
Publisher: Zebra Books
Release Date: 2009-02-01
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also by this author: Never Die Alone
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Wicked Game is the first book in The Colony series (also known as The Wicked series) by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. I read this book because this is a series I have been wanting to read for a long time. I have all of the books, the newest Wicked Ways as an ARC from Netgalley, and it was time to get reading on these 🙂
The book was an interesting romantic suspense with danger and secrets mixed with some paranormal aspects like visions and psychic abilities. It also has a police procedural feel because part of the book is told from the point of view of the investigating detective.
I enjoyed reading this book because the atmosphere evoked the emotions it intended to bring out in the reader. The detailed descriptions include all of the character’s senses to really give a good picture of the setting and characters.
By about the midway point in the book, I couldn’t put it down. I was supposed to be doing other things, but I sat at the kitchen table and read it the rest of the way through.
On the other hand, this book had some problems. Some were minor, but others were bothersome.
The first person accounts confused me, especially at the beginning. I thought the main character Becca was having a vision, but I figured out a few pages later that wasn’t whose point of view it was. It didn’t become clear to me right away that the first person accounts were the point of view of the killer. Because this problem didn’t last very long, I’d say this is one of the minor problems.
Another minor problem was that the authors overused the word “copse.” I was going to scream if the characters saw another copse of trees.
A third minor problem showed up on page 416. The authors called Becca by Jessie’s name. I don’t know if this was a mistake or intentional. If it was intentional, I never understood the reasoning behind it.
A fourth minor problem was that we never find out what Mitch knew about Jessie. It was implied that he knew something about her disappearance or something related to her in some other way, but it was never explained.
As for bigger problems, I have two I would like to mention. First, I found more than one place in the book where details didn’t match up with something written earlier in the book. For example, a character would contradict something he/she said or did earlier.
The second bigger problem was I was very disappointed with the explanations given for Scott’s behavior and situation. The details throughout the book didn’t match up with the explanations given. I kept expecting a twist that would resolve these incongruities, but a twist never came.
I can overlook the minor things because they are kind of nit-picky, but the bigger problems definitely impact my rating of the book.
However, I did think the authors excelled at keeping the story suspenseful, realistic, and fast-moving.
I will continue reading this series. If you’re in it for the thrill and you’re not expecting a literary masterpiece, I recommend trying Wicked Game.