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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
When you’re confined to barracks, as most of us are right now thanks to COVID-19, it sure is nice to have a good book to take your mind off all the bad news...even if that book is a thriller conspiracy with some nasty stuff going on. So don’t hesitate to pick up a copy of A Game of Shadows by James Boyle. This is Boyle’s third novel starring journalist Jason Reynolds, and going by the many positive reviews Boyle has received for the Reynolds’ novels and Boyle’s other 5 books, after you read A Game of Shadows you will have several more to enjoy. In A Game of Shadows, protagonist Reynolds finds himself and his current love, Detective Dani Hayden, accused of raping an under-age teen. They know they are innocent but how do they prove it? Then, to make matters worse, two more women come forward accusing Jason of having raped them during their university years. When this scandal hits the newspapers and other media, how can Jason and Dani defend themselves when any attempt to contact the alleged victims would be seen as witness tampering?
While the book starts out slowly...on purpose I’d say to give readers time to get to know the key characters...once we’re tuned into who’s who, the plotline really takes off and you find yourself unable to put the book down. Not only does the plot take unexpected turns, but characters emerge whose identities and intentions don’t come clear till nearly the end. What a way to keep us reading! And when we finally set A Game of Shadows aside, we are filled with the satisfaction that comes after being held in suspense for over 300 pages. Boyle’s style leaves little to be desired. Descriptions are concise and interesting, the dialogue is plentiful and true to life, and despite the evils depicted, we come away still believing that good will always overcome evil. Need to stay isolated? Isolate yourself with an engaging read: A Game of Shadows by James Boyle.