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    Stratagem
    Robin Caroll
    Shiloh Run Press / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Willows, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Tight, tense, and twisted.
    April 2, 2019
    Anne Baxter Campbell
    Willows, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Tight, tense, and twisted, this Christian suspense novel is for sure one of Robin Caroll's best. This lady's got talent, and I give her five stars wholeheartedly.

    A broken marriage sends the former husband, a psychologist, into a tailspin. Worse, the new company he's started with another guy has been contracted to create a game for the company his former wife works for. The winner of the game will be second to only the boss. Grayson is out of town when Anna Belle dies from an allergic reaction in the course of the game. She always avoided cherry juice and carried multiple EpiPens with her everywhere she went. Therefore, probably murder, and he the most likely suspect. To the despair and delight of the two police detectives assigned to the case. One is his friend, and the other's sister had been spurned (or worse, ignored) by Grayson.

    One mess piles upon another until finally the real killer is found, but it's probably too late anyway.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mind-boggling!
    March 7, 2019
    Trixi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's a rare book that makes me go "Whoa!" & "Wow, what a ride!" at the end, but this one certainly did! It surprised me how much I liked this as I tend to be very picky about books labeled psychological thrillers. Some are way to edgy or questionable for my taste. Not "Stratagem"! This one engaged my mind as well as my senses, and had me trying to untwist all the curve-balls Robin Caroll included. As each layer unfolded in the police investigation of the murder of Anna Belle, more and more questions kept popping up. At the same token, more and more pieces fell into place and began to make sense. It's very heavy on police procedure, but that's the kind of writing I love! I think if I were to go back and choose a career path, I would want to be a homicide detective. But since I can't, I'll settle for my arm chair sleuthing abilities. A very surprising ending once the killer was revealed, one person I never even suspected. A good suspense writer will keep you in the dark until just the right time & I think Caroll did her job well! Everything about this book was fantastic. I applaud an author when they can engage you on every level and tick all the boxes of just WHY you love their book! I would say she made me a forever fan of her work, both past & future stories.

    Summary: this is a mind-boggling thriller that kept me on my toes and thoroughly hooked me from page one!

    *I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing via Netgalley and was under no obligation to leave a review. All opinions are my own. *

  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    awesome read
    February 2, 2019
    Mark
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a different kind of book for being Christian suspense. For one thing, the book centers on and is from the perspective of a male, though the book is was written by a woman. Kudos to her for doing so. The Christian fiction market tends to be geared more for women, and it was refreshing to read a book that wasn't that way so much.

    The plot was really good, and the game that the plot centered around was quite a genius idea for Carroll to come up with.

    This is a classic "who dun it", and it was a great one. I had a suspect early in the book, but was wrong. I was leaning towards another, who turned out to be the correct one, though the author did change my mind briefly on that and had me suspecting the opposite sex briefly of who I was suspecting

    There are a lot of police interviewing suspects and others involved, which could be monotonous, but Caroll did those well and they were interesting and even amusing at times.

    Grayson was the main character, and was a very likable one who you could not help but feel bad for and believe in his innocence. Even though a fictional story, the issue of forgiveness was addressed and the necessity of him forgiving his dead wife.

    This was different from Caroll's usual books - which I have been reading for several years now - but it was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    Stratagem is not a book I was given for review, but one I purchased and decided to do an official review for.
  4. Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Twists and turns
    January 16, 2019
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I really liked this book. It's not something I saw very often from this particular publisher, but the book was really good. It kept me captivated and trying hard to finish the book. It is one of those stories that you think about when you aren't reading the story.

    Most of my reading was on a Kindle, so the formatting was just a bit off, but I expected that. The cover of the book I wasn't aware of until now, when I'm writing this review. That said, while I do like the staging of the text below the balcony, the rest of the scene doesn't quite make sense to me. It doesn't feel like New Orleans, outside of the over-enhanced Mardi Gras beads. Then the image on the balcony just feels forced. As a Graphic Designer, it just doesn't vibe. However, the story more than made up for the cover design.

    The story is about Grayson who designs some really intense escape games. It's a type of game I hope to never be involved in. I have a hard enough time in the typical escape rooms. His ex-wife is in competition for a top spot in her PR firm, but first her firm has decided that the four people who are most likely in contention, must compete for it. Now I do have to admit, that part of the plot was perhaps a bit disturbing. Plus the set up as to how the game came into play. But, I put those aside and just enjoyed the story.

    Basically, Grayson's ex-wife ends up dead and needless to say, with Grayson the executor of the game, he is the prime suspect.

    The story has several points of view, and I did appreciate having Anna Belle's point of view. There were spots in the story where I did want to rush ahead in the story and see what happened. The pacing was well done and each twist and turn had me guessing.

    I would definitely consider reading more stories by Robin Caroll.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Barbour Publishing.
  5. Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mysterious to the end
    December 8, 2018
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The book's back cover blurb grabbed my attention immediately. It's a unique story where a corporate game goes horribly wrong and one of the owners is accused of murder.

    Grayson Thibodeaux is a divorced psychologist who says yes when he should've said no. He agrees to create a game where his ex-wife is involved and when she dies during the course of the game, all eyes are on him.

    I absolutely loved Grayson. He's calm and intelligent when most people would be absolutely freaking out over the situation. Pam is by far my favorite. Her spunk and attitude are refreshing and keep the story moving.

    The mystery is enthralling and captivating right to the last page. I'd definitely recommend Stratagem.
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