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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
L.E. Fraser's Skully, Perdition Games blends paranormal and psychological horrors to craft a chilling tale that grips from start to finish. Gabrielle LeBlanc is a strange housewife with a mysterious past. When she disappears and all evidence points to her murder, Samantha McNamara and Reece Hash must delve into a sordid past and dredge up buried secrets, some of which can profoundly impact their own lives.
There are a finite number of twists possible in any given thriller. This makes veteran readers, through years of experience, aware of hints, smoking guns, and foreshadowing events that can make predicting the next scene a lazy affair. Skully, Perdition Games plays with the reader's head, mixing it up by throwing a bevy of different twists that give the elusive feeling of being actually surprised and shocked at the revelations in each new chapter. Sam and Reece are a pair people would root for, and Gabrielle is a character I found myself making excuses for until the very end of the novel.
The novel is dark and gritty and takes an unflinching look at violence and gore. Given this, the novel does not rely solely on these devices to create a pervasive sense of horror; rather, the author uses subtle machinations to make the reader more scared of what's happening off-scene. L.E. Fraser has shown that she can create a complex thriller that blends numerous layers to truly craft a three-dimensional story. I look forward to the next adventure of Sam and Reece, at the same time hoping and dreading for more of the complicated Gabrielle.