Wicked Game
Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
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Wicked Game
Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
384 pages
February 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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When skeletal remains that could be those of a long-lost teen girl named Jessie are discovered at St. Elizabeth’s campus, the group of preppy friends originally eyed as involved are suddenly drawn into the muck again. Jessie’s disappearance twenty years before has played a part in all their lives ever since and left them burning with questions about what really happened. As many do after high school, most went their separate ways, but over the years connections have been sporadically pursued or disintegrated depending on the individuals.

When the bones are indentified as Jessie's, the hunt for her murderer is officially on. But something isn’t right; the one-time prime suspects in her murder are suddenly becoming targets of an unknown lurking predator. Jessie is trying to reach out to Becca through her visions, something she has experienced since childhood, but whatever the message, it's not coming in clearly. The pieces of the puzzles only get more complex, Becca's fear rises with the realization that she was the intended victim.

Jessie’s life was terribly secretive and led away from home to the coast of Oregon, where mystifying and terribly dark secrets were hidden from her. As she unraveled the terrible truths about herself, she unleashed the doom that would befall her. Now, twenty years later, the doom is at work again. As Becca struggles to uncover these same truths, she realizes that it's not the first time her life was nearly lost to him. If she can't solve the mystery and discover who he is and how they are connected, her life may very well be lost just as Jessie’s was when she tempted the Devil to play.

It's always refreshing to come upon decidedly original twists to a murder mystery plot laced with the supernatural and romantic intrigue. With such an enjoyably powerful combination of unexpected plot developments, character assassinations, and some mystifying segues, authors Jackson and Bush make their joint work a successful smash hit along the lines of a softer, less gruesome Stephen King or Dean Koontz-type read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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