Skully, Perdition Games by L.E. Fraser

Skully, Perdition Games

Skully, Perdition Games

Skully, Perdition Games

She can’t run fast enough to escape her past.

Authorities find five-year-old Gabriella LeBlanc walking on the ice of Lake Superior six months after an unspeakable crime. Michigan police discover a dead man in a wilderness cabin, but the child has no memory of her abduction or captivity.

Thirty years later, Gabriella disappears from her home after calling 911, and Toronto PI Samantha McNamara and ex-OPP Inspector Reece Hash must unravel the shocking truth behind the woman’s haunted life before a jury convicts her husband of a brutal murder. But the web of lies Sam is weaving around her past begins to disintegrate when their investigation reveals hidden ties her father had to the murdered woman’s childhood. As Reece’s suspicions mount, Sam struggles to guard her secrets and uncover Gabriella’s disturbing history before time runs out.

A dark thriller with twists that keep readers turning the pages.

Editorial Reviewers say:

“The writing throughout is taut and focused, capturing the reader’s attention and constantly upping the stakes as Sam tries to untangle the mystery that is Gabriella.”—Kirkus Reviews

“It does not shy from disturbing images or the lack thereof, drawing on the idea that the monster you don’t see is creepier than the one that you do. A solid novel with good pacing and many twists.”—San Francisco Book Review

“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.”—Readers’ Favorite

“One of Ms. Fraser‘s strengths as a writer is not casting the dye in black and white, but rather giving the reader a coterie of characters it’s hard to characterize as “good” or “bad.” —Joseph Hirsch, Author of Flash Blood

About the Author

L.E. FraserL.E. Fraser is the author of the Perdition Games mystery-thriller series. The books are not continuing sagas and don’t need to be read in order of publication. Each novel has a unique plot that crosses into the psychological thriller genre and features returning protagonists Toronto PI Samantha McNamara and ex-OPP Inspector Reece Hash. Monsters aren’t under our beds. They stand alongside us in grocery stores, sit beside us on trains, and smile when we catch their eye on the street.

Fraser grew up on military bases and completed her post-secondary education in Toronto. She worked with youngsters whose circumstances had forced them to rise above astonishing adversity. They taught her the gift of adaptation and perseverance, and she moved to Southwestern Ontario to assist a senior leader in community health care. Fraser left the health care sector to write full time and published her first novel in 2014. She is an avid reader and supporter of indie artists and currently lives in London, Ontario with her family and three pugs.

You can usually find her in her office with her creative pug Muses or in the kitchen with her foodie family.

Visit her at www.perditiongames.com and catch her on social media.
Twitter Name: https://twitter.com/PerditionGames
Facebook Name: https://www.facebook.com/perditiongamesseries

Reviews

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I read L.E. Fraser’s first novel in the “Perdition Games” series. It was good, but not good enough to prepare me for the sequel. “Skully: Perdition Games,” however, is great. The novel is a suspenseful thriller that kept even a seasoned vet like me (I’ve read quite a few thrillers in my day) guessing up until the very end. The book is violent and unsettling, without being gratuitous, and, as in the first novel, the characters feel like real humans. Indeed, I think one of Ms. Fraser’s strengths as a writer is not casting the dye in black and white, but rather giving the reader a coterie of characters it’s hard to characterize as “good” or “bad.” And, because she’s deft with the suspense elements, doling out just enough clues to keep the reader guessing, that makes it even harder to know who, in fact, deserves our sympathy or hatred.

The book kept me reading (and guessing) right up until the end. A common problem with writers is the “sophomore jinx,” but, if anything, Fraser has taken everything that was good about the first novel, and fine-tuned it. The Detective, Sam McNamara, is growing on me, which is convenient, since the book sets itself up for another sequel.

Here’s hoping for a third installment in the “Perdition Games” series.

 

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SKULLY: PERDITION GAMES is a suspenseful thriller that kept me guessing right up until the very end. The book is the second in a series but each book could be a stand alone novel. It is a violent and unsettling read at times and is not recommended for the faint at heart.

When she was five, Gabriella LeBlanc was abducted by a monster while on a family vacation. After several months of captivity and abuse, she was found by police walking on the ice of Lake Superior while the man who abducted her was found dead in an isolated cabin. Thirty years later, Gabriella disappears again after calling 911 and accusing her husband of assaulting her. When the police get there, she is gone but lots of blood is left behind.

Toronto PI Samantha McNamara and her partner, former cop Reece Hash, are hired by the husband’s attorney to investigate and find information that will prove that his client did not kill his wife. In the course of the investigation they uncover disturbing secrets about Gabriella and a relationship between her and Samantha. This leads Samantha to deal with the demons of her own past as well as investigating this case.

Skully: Perdition Games by L. E. Fraser will chill your blood. The twists and turns are numerous with a bit of paranormal thrown in for good measure. Ms. Fraser explores the darkest depths of the human mind and turns the concept of childhood innocence into a nightmare of the worst kind. Don’t read this one if you’re home alone at night. It is that spine tingling.

 

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Wow.
This book was terrific and I have been recommending it to everyone I come into contact with. Admittedly when I picked up the book I realized that it was the second in the series and had to promptly put it down to go seek out the first one “Simon Says.” Of course, there was nothing wrong picking up the story line here (it could be a stand alone), I am just one of those people that like to go in order. The story line was fast paced and yet still manages to take the much needed to time to shape the characters. The story will keep you guessing and leave you asking questions at every turn.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

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wow!!! This is book 2 in the series and it does not disappoint at all. Sam McNamara is growing as a PI. I loved concept of hiring a PI to prove the innocence of a really misguided individual.

During a family vacation, Gabriella goes missing. 6 months later she is found walking alone across the ice of Lake Superior and a man is found dead in a cabin.

30 Years later, Gabriella calls 911 saying her husband is attacking her. When the cops get there, she is gone and there is lots of blood.

Sam is hired to help find evidence that the husband, although a slime ball, did not kill his wife.

The twists and turns are numerous. She finds lots of reasons why the husband is probably guilty but these will not get her paid!

A bit of paranormal as we touch on what happened to Gabriella as a child.

Well written and captivating. Could use a bit more elaboration in places but then again filling in the blanks is kind of fun.

 

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When she was five, Gabriella LeBlanc was abducted by a monster. After several months of captivity and abuse, she was found by police walking on the frozen waters of Lake Superior, and the man who abducted her was found in an isolated cabin with his head smashed in.
Thirty years later, Gabriella disappears again after calling 911 and accusing her husband of assaulting her.
Toronto PI Samantha McNamara and her partner, former cop Reece Hash, are hired by the husband’s attorney to investigate and find information that will clear his client. In the course of the investigation, they uncover disturbing secrets about Gabriella, and a relationship between her and Samantha—and, Samantha has to deal with the demons of her own past.
Skully, Perdition Games by L. E. Fraser will chill your blood. Fraser explores the darkest depths of the human mind, and turns the concept of childhood innocence on its ear. Don’t read this one if you’re home alone at night.

 

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