Only a Game
Interesting read ... Recommended ... 4.5 stars
Diane Morgan thinks she may be
going mad. She loves her family, son Alan 17, daughter Crystal
15 and her husband Robert. Robert is not home as much as the
family might like. He is a deep sea fisherman, has his own boat
the Donna Lee and cannot fathom what the problem facing Diane
might be. Diane would like to discuss her worries centering around
Alan with her husband, however Robert is never quite in the mood
to listen. Diane fears her own son, or a least his evil counterpart.
The game the evil Alan insists they play is one that terrifies
Diane. There was one more child in the family, little Becky died
as an infant. Diagnosis SIDs. Diane knows it was not. A series
of fearsome murders, the last of a popular girl Alan dated down
along the docks convinces Diane that she must do something. Alan
and Crystal worry that Diane is losing a battle for her sanity,
maybe she is suffering from stress.
Writer Gibson has crafted an
absorbing page turner sure to draw the reader into the tale and
hold them fast from the opening lines to the last. If I had to
give a one word review of "Only a Game" that word would
be B-r-r-r-r-r. This is not a book for a dark and stormy night
when you are home alone. Read "Only a Game" in the
middle of a sunny day, with the lights on.
"Only a Game" centers
around Diane and Alan, Diane's worry over her son and Alan's
resistance to his Mother's 'prying'. These two characters are
well developed, others in the book are not as fully evolved.
Dialog between the pair, the interplay between a contumacious
Alan and near to frantic Diane make for interesting reading.
Robert, Alan's friends Joe and
Ed, even Crystal are more peripheral. It was an interesting technique
and writer Gibson has carried it off well. The relationship between
mother and son, Diane's worry that Alan is two part, an evil
Alan and a good Alan, and the final perhaps surprising explication
proffered by writer Gibson all make for an excellent read.
Writer Gibson's handling of the
interplay between Diane and her children rings with a genuineness
of one who has seen teens and moms attempting to deal with problems
and one another. "Only a Game" is a book sure to appeal
to those who enjoy suspense and not a little horror as they read.
Well done, happy to recommend.