I just finished reading A CALLERS GAME by J.D. Barker, and let me say, if that man wrote the instructions on how to put an Ikea bookshelf, it would be filled with tension and so fun to read.
1- Ticking time bombs too numerous to count.
2- How the bad deeds we do in our past come back to haunt us in a vengeful way.
3- Making a choice between two major evils.
4- What price would you pay for those you love.
Barker takes the above subjects and masterfully weaves them into a relentless, action-packed story revolving around Jordan Briggs, a popular morning radio host.
I didn’t like Jordan when she was introduced. The woman was opinionated, mean to her staff, brash, and offensive. Somehow Barker, in a brilliant way, made me like her and root for her. She grew on me. I’ll admit I wanted to be her in just a teensy weensy way. This passage describes her perfectly:
“Sometimes my bitch-gene takes over. Sometimes it fights with my ambition-gene. Sometimes my drive-gene stomps on them both. That’s when things get a little cloudy, but I do have a conscience.”
Add in other great characters like Detective Cole Hundley, who I always pictured all law enforcement officers should be like, and Bernie, a dangerous man who has lost everything and has nothing to lose as the villain. Yeah, I was speed reading to find out how it all ended.
A CALLER’S GAME is an intense story filled with carnage, plot twists that never end, and so much suspense that you won’t be able to but the book down.
Thank you to J.D. Barker, Hampton Creek Press, and NetGalley for this ARC.