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{June 11, 2013}   {Review} Manipulation by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly

17930907From Goodreads: On a Sunday morning, Florida couple James and Bethany Fenner discover they have won the $161-million state lottery. The middle-aged city auditor and his 31-year-old trophy wife dream of exquisite homes, high-performance cars, and lavish vacations. In order to collect, they must first make the three-hour drive from Jacksonville to the state capital, Tallahassee. Fearful that someone might rob them of the winning ticket, they tell no one and hire 29-year-old limousine driver, Riley Lake, to chauffeur them across the state in style. But Lake harbors a secret that he’s hidden since his childhood; a secret that will soon be exposed.

As Jacksonville Detective Kay Larsen investigates a series of gruesome murders where the female victims overdose from a powerful hallucinogen, the clues begin to mount against Riley Lake. Yet the evidence is circumstantial, and there is no motive. When she discovers Lake is driving the Fenners, Larsen fears for the couple’s safety.

For the Fenners and Riley Lake, the journey will take them down a dark road fraught with sex, greed, and murder. Only when Detective Larsen digs deeper into Riley Lake’s past will a disturbing question arise: Who is the hunter and who is the prey?

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This latest thriller from Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly keeps readers enthralled as the many twists and turns make it an epic adventure that you won’t want to miss!  The characterization and deceit are perfect, making it a whodunit style mystery that will blow readers’ minds when the truth is revealed. 

I really enjoyed this novel—it’s the perfect length to include depth of character and plotline, but not so long that the reader becomes bored with the scenarios. It’s extremely fast-paced with only minimal downtime, and it’s also quite interesting because each character, as we learn about them, becomes despicable in one way or another, making them the type of characters we love to hate.  By the end, there isn’t one main character for which I felt sorry, and, while I certainly don’t wish bad things on them, they do get their due… karma definitely strikes back in this novel.

I am always floored when I read a murder mystery of this magnitude as I can’t fathom how the authors were able to create such a perfect, seamless plot.  I believe it takes much expertise, planning, and exact execution for a novel to unwind to perfectly, and Williams and Knerly certainly know how to design and write a gripping novel.  If you haven’t read Manipulation or any of their other novels, I highly suggest you pick them up stat.  These novels are amazing.  Four stars.

4 stars

Other novels by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly:

Death in the Beginning

 Three Keys to Murder

“Before the Proof”

Indisputable Proof

I received a copy of this novel from the authors in exchange for an  honest review.

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