Christie's Reviews

~ REVIEW: The Perfect Game by Stephen Paul ~

20911931SynopsisIn a dark Manhattan alley, a young woman suddenly collapses from a brain hemorrhage. The statistics say it’s rare to have happened to someone so young and healthy, yet all signs point to natural causes. But when Kyle Vine, the man she was supposed to meet that night, learns she wasn’t the only victim, he knows there’s something more going on and soon discovers a mysterious link to the sudden success of a journeyman pitcher for the New York Yankees.

As the lethal brain bleeds continue to strike, Kyle and the woman’s eccentric uncle work together to unravel a mystery unlike any the world has ever seen in order to stop a ruthless killer from striking again.

Stephen Paul’s debut supernatural suspense thriller, The Perfect Game, is a fast-paced gripping ride that will continue to keep readers on the edge of their seats while trying to figure out who’s behind the deadly episodes, how they’re doing it and, perhaps most shocking of all, why.

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Christie's Review4 StarsIt has been a while since I have read such a good, fast-paced thriller. It captured my attention and kept it from the beginning until the end. Kyle Vine is a professor whose life isn’t at all what he expected it to be. He is trying to adjust to the changes in his life, the divorce from his wife and her remarriage and not seeing his daughter as much as he wants to. In addition, he is fighting a wrongful death lawsuit brought against him by his deceased patient’s family. One night he makes a fateful decision to meet a female student of his with the anticipation of having sex with her. However, he doesn’t realize how that decision will completely upend life as he knows it. He finds her unconscious in an alley outside of the bar where he was meeting her. There aren’t any visible signs of an attack, and it’s determined that she has suffered a brain aneurysm. Little does Kyle know that she is just the latest victim in a string of strokes that are affecting seemingly young, healthy individuals. When the Allie’s uncle contacts Kyle, they join together to get to the bottom of the mysterious deaths. As Allie lays in a hospital in a coma and fighting for her life, the two men are in a race against time to find the culprit before he claims more victims.

I love a fast-paced thriller, and this book did not disappoint at all. It is told from Kyle’s POV and the killer’s POV… which I loved. The author did a great job of teasing me with just the right amount of clues to make me think it was one person, but then I wasn’t so sure. In fact, there was one point that I was completely sure I knew who it was, and Stephen Paul threw me for a loop. The book doesn’t just fall into one genre, but several. It is a thriller and mystery with sci-fi and paranormal thrown in which makes it fantastic. For those of you who are in the mood for something to read that is a bit of a cross between James Patterson and Dean Koontz yet completely fresh and different, give The Perfect Game a try. I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed.