The Perfect Game

The Perfect Game

by Stephen Paul
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The Perfect Game 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
EdTidd More than 1 year ago
I love when a book isn't exactly what I expected it to be and this book was wrong in all the right ways. Twists and turns that always seemed to go in the right direction without ever being predictable. Complete, honest, believable characters allow the unbelievable story to seem completely possible. Usually a story with a super natural flair is ALL about the super natural but this was so much more. These characters would have been engrossing and engaging and entertaining without anything extra. Kyle isn't a characature of a guy but a real guy. His friends and enemies aren't cartoon sidekicks and villains but real people with their own story that they get to tell and share. I love when I find a new author with a new idea. Makes me feel like I'm on the ground floor of something that could be big. If you are looking for something fast, exciting, and different this is it. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen Paul has come up with an original idea for a story and he does a great job of presenting it. I can't go into details without giving the story away. I can say that I judge a book by how well characters are developed, and his are "real" people with good points, flaws, and motivations the reader can sympathize with even when they do the wrong thing. I also judge a book by dialogue -- each character has to sound like him- or herself and not like all the others in the book. Paul succeeds there, too. Good story, believable characters and plenty of action make this well worth the read.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Game by Stephen Paul  A woman collapses from a brain hemorrhage. She was supposed to meet up with Kyle Vine, he starts to wonder if something sinister is going on. as he starts to investigate and finds she is not the only one to have a brain hemorrhage, there are more people with this condition, which is not common for people young and healthy. What he discovers is unheard of. A fast paced supernatural thriller. The story was very original,the characters were likable. A definite all night read! Supernatural and thriller/suspense lovers should enjoy The Perfect Game.
Kristin_S_Kim More than 1 year ago
A fascinating whodunnit with a very interesting crime Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Kyle is having a rough time right now: he's divorced, he's being sued by the family of a dead former patient, and he's trying to hook up with a college student. HIS student. However, something horrible happens to her just as Kyle turns the corner to meet her, and his life just keeps going downhill. How did this young woman happen to suffer from a blown aneurysm? And how come she's not the only one? Just what is going on here? The answer is quite surprising, and the mystery is just as good as the reward. This book definitely grabbed me from the start, even if it was to bash and condemn Kyle for his decisions. As soon as he reached the alley, though, the mystery begins, and from that point forward, I was hooked. The story is written very well; it keeps you guessing, and it's just elusive enough to give you that false hope that you THINK you've got it all figured out. I will certainly add this author to my watch list, and I hope he churns out more thrillers like this one very soon. 5 stars
LeeMacRae More than 1 year ago
This is a fast paced story filled with suspense that will keep you turning page after page. The premise is very real and you can easily imagine it happening to you. Kyle Vine is a professor who allows the exciting potential of a sexual encounter with a leggy blonde student get in the way of common sense. His life is changed because of that decision and he ends up being the one who leads the way in trying to find out who is behind a string of possible homicides. Along the way you are given just enough clues to the answer that you think you know who is responsible. And then a twist hits you. A good, fast-paced mystery.
AnitaDavison More than 1 year ago
I thought I had a good idea of what I was getting when I began reading this book – and brought with me a certain suspension of belief – however I was wrong. The main character, Kyle, a psychologist who got it tragically wrong with a client and is thus under investigation, who has been divorced by his wealthy wife and now lives in a three story walk-up - isn’t nearly as self-pitying or damaged as one would expect. Kyle is flawed, yes, but he has a positive, non-mercenary attitude to life, so when a chance to flirt with a pretty student goes terribly wrong and she ends up in a coma, he doesn’t just thank his luck for having dodged a bullet – but is genuinely ashamed at having encouraged her. His guilt draws him into finding out how she was injured, despite that his involvement could be discovered. Kyle’s relationship with his daughter Bree is lovely, so as a reader I didn’t want him to be caught out or blamed when the coma victim’s Uncle Liam decides there is a dangerous killer targeting young people with a weapon that is impossible to detect, or prove, and he needs Kyle to help him. For a debut novel this is excellently structured, with engaging characterisation and a plot where the sense of menace and various twists and turns as the story moves into the supernatural are expertly portrayed. The clues are there but never do they slap you in the face. Despite the off-the-wall premise, I found myself believing in how the antagonist was killing his victims without too much of the ‘as if that could happen’ element this might have given. I was even left at the end wondering if, at some stage of our evolution, the human mind may just evolve to this level, engendered by the theories Kyle and Liam throw out – for instance that people know on some higher level when they are being stared at – Creepy! I can honestly say I’m looking forward to Stephen Paul’s next novel. I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review