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The Devil's Playground by Charly Cox
Narrator: Kate Zane
Series: Detective Alyssa Wyatt #4
Published by Tantor Audio on June 14, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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From behind her came a noise, and she whirled around. Two pairs of cold, murderous eyes stared back at her from beneath hooded cloaks. She stood cemented in place, even as her brain screamed at her to run…
It’s their usual Thursday girls’ night in, and best friends Skye, Elena, and London are enjoying hanging out at Skye’s house in New Mexico, eating junk food, drinking wine, and playing with Skye’s little children, Carter and Abigail.
Until the intruders arrive.
Hearing the horrific screams from Elena and Skye, London hides the children, tiptoes out to see what has happened… and disappears.
After Carter raises the alarm, Detective Alyssa Wyatt is called in to investigate a bloodbath that appears to have no motive, no evidence, and worse still – no sign of London.
As Alyssa and her team dig deeper, the truth is always out of their reach… but what is clear is that they need to find London, and fast.
And as they uncover a link between the murders and a sinister local cult, can Alyssa find the young woman who has vanished without a trace – before London joins the list of victims?
I am really enjoying the Detective Alyssa Wyatt series. I’ve come to know the characters and members of her team and also some of their family members. Alyssa is a head of a major crime team. She cares about family and her team is part of her “family.” They are a bunch of good people who see the absolute worst. The story layers include the team and some of their family members as well as victims and criminals and witnesses. The world and characters are well-developed.
In The Devil’s Playground, there is very little of their families involved compared to earlier books. I think one could read it as a standalone, although I have read the series in order, and always prefer to read in order. It’s nice knowing the background but not necessary for the roles they play here.
A child of six, Carter, and his younger sister Abigail are key characters and I love them so much! Carter is amazing. The police come to his home where they find two women brutally murdered. The investigation tells them there are three women who are close friends and the third woman is missing.
I always like to follow the police interviews and evidence gathering to solve the case. Things went pretty well here. It was very suspenseful. The killers think they are smarter than they are. I was glad to see the police succeed and the small children safe. A dog plays a key role in the end and I love that too. I’m always looking forward to more of this series.
This narrator is the voice of this series for me. I appreciate her distinct voices and have really enjoyed the emotions her performance has engendered. The male and female voices both were comfortable. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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