Shadow Game

Darryl Sollerh
Del Oro (2013)
ISBN 9780988725409
Reviewed by Michel Violante for Reader Views (5/13)

In the “Shadow Game” by Darryl Sollerh, a professional killer, Jarret, decides he wants to retire; convinced by his middle contact for his jobs, Helen, he embarks on his last job in Jakarta, Indonesia. During his time in Indonesia while he makes preparations for executing his target, he discovers an unexpected and unbelievable revelation about himself that will shake him to his core. The suspense of his own internal battle, the challenges of his mission, and betrayal kept the plot moving and the pages turning.

Sollerh has written a fast-paced, easy-to-read and entertaining novella. As an avid reader of this type of story, I found its unique plot refreshing and very interesting. The character development was spot on. The dialogue, situations and setting felt real as Sollerh made use of all five senses to transport the reader into the story. The only small complaint I have is with the formatting of dialogue. I just didn’t like the formatting of some dialogue, as I found the smaller italic font difficult to see on some occasions. But it didn’t take away from the story.

I definitely recommend “Shadow Game” by Darryl Sollerh to all who enjoy fast-paced, unique plots that keep the reader at the edge of their seat.

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