Book Review: Guilt Game by L.J. Sellers

GUILT GAME By L.J. Sellers

Pages: 238

Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer Release (June 6, 2017)

Genre:  Mystery Thriller Suspense – Private Investigator



Roxanne MacFarlane is the Extractor—a former CIA agent who specializes in rescuing people from dangerous situations. She lives on the edge and works outside the law, but desperate families know she’s the only operative who can bring their missing loved ones home. Driven by guilt over the loss of her sister to a polygamous cult, she will stop at nothing to save her clients.

When Dave and Jenny Carson ask her to find their daughter, Emma, and extract her from a charismatic cult leader who preys on young women with guilt issues, Rox is eager to help them. But the experimental treatment she just started in order to improve her atypical brain patterns forces her to face conflicting newfound emotions while working feverishly to find the secret compound and craft a strategy to get Emma out.

When the bodies of young women who match Emma’s description turn up, Rox must fast-forward her plans. But the situation is more complicated and dangerous than she realizes, and her own life is soon in jeopardy. Can Rox save Emma and bring down a ruthless predator before more young women fall victim?




GUILT GAME delivers a unique look at the who and why individuals turn to rescue someone who is dealing with dangerous circumstances.  L.J. Sellers introduces her readers to Roxanne MacFarlane, a former CIA agent, who specializes in extracting people from situations that may be dangerous. Regardless, families come to Roxanne because she has a reputation of doing what is necessary to bring their missing family member home.  Sellers shares Rox’s backstory including details of the loss of her sister and her relationship with her father.

Sellers place her readers inside Roxanne’s head so they can understand what makes her unique.  The author shares details of Roxanne having atypical brain patterns.  Readers learn Rox doesn’t understand or register emotions like most people do.  The author shares details of an experimental treatment program that can alter or help people like Roxanne feel emotions.  Rox faces the decision if she wants to continue the treatment.  She needs to determine if the changes will affect her work and her relationships.

The fast-moving storyline increases at the turn of each page.  Rox meets with the parents, Dave and Jenny Carson, whose daughter Emma has fallen under the charms of a fast-talking cult leader.  Emma is drawn into his cult choosing to live in the cult’s secret compound outside of the city.   Rox and her father, Marty begin developing a strategy to find the compound and create a plan to save Emma.

Sellers introduces support characters and their history and explains their roles at the time they enter the storyline.   The tension and intrigue increases as the pace of the storyline increases with the discovery of young women’s bodies.  The addition of several subplots helps the author change directions and adds several twists and turns to the storyline.   Readers follow Rox as she implements her plan to save Emma and eliminate a predator of young women.  Action increases at the turn of every page keeping readers on their toes and holding their breath as Seller moves towards the challenging ending of GUILT GAME, the first in Sellers’ new series featuring Roxanne MacFarlane, Extractor.

Review by John W. Kurtze


B1khY54tgOS._SY200_  L.J. Sellers writes the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller series—a five-time winner of the Readers’ Favorite Awards. She also pens the high-octane Agent Dallas series and provocative stand-alone thrillers. Her twenty novels have been praised by reviewers, and she’s one of the highest-rated crime-fiction authors on Amazon.

L.J. resides in Eugene, Oregon, where many of her novels are set, and she’s an award-winning journalist who earned the Grand Neal Award for editorial excellence in business publications. When not plotting murders, she enjoys stand-up comedy, cycling, and zip-lining. She’s also been known to jump out of airplanes.






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