Frozen Statues, Perdition Games

· L.E. Fraser
4.2
19 reviews
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A Gripping Psychological Thriller with Shocking Twists


In the bitter cold of a Canadian winter, seven university freshmen vanish without a trace. Soon afterwards, police discover a ghastly crime scene—the victim is frozen solid and his eyes are missing, replaced with black stones. A week later, they find a second frozen statue at an identical crime scene.


Toronto PI Samantha McNamara suspects a copycat is mimicking Incubus, the serial killer who brutally murdered her sister three years earlier. And when Incubus writes to her from a maximum-security prison, Sam is certain that the psychopath holds the key to saving the remaining students.


But as the hunt for the young men intensifies, Sam is unwittingly lured into a lethal trap, intricately planned to destroy her. Haunted by the signature white lily that Incubus tattooed on all of his victims, Sam grows obsessed with uncovering the meaning behind the flower. Her partner and fiancé, former police Inspector Reece Hash, watches helplessly as Sam rushes headlong into destruction. With time running out for his fiancée and the abducted students, Reece must unravel a psychopath’s twisted game. And do it before the serial killer poses his next work of art. Five young men wait in terror. Which will be the next frozen statue?


Praise for Frozen Statues, Perdition Games


“Psychological thrillers are supposed to be compelling but the really good ones, like Frozen Statues, Perdition Games by L.E. Fraser, will really throw the reader for a loop.”Self-Publishing Review


Frozen Statues, Perdition Games is a masterpiece, an absorbing story that defines its place in the area of crime and psychological thrillers.”—Readers’ Favorite


Frozen Statues, Perdition Games is a complex and mesmerizing puzzle with a cunning serial killer and a likable protagonist that twists and turns with every chapter.”—Awesome Indies Books


“Fraser fuels the plot with increasingly sadistic secrets. Careful details about the murders, like the staging of victims during foul weather to ruin forensic evidence, are impressively geeky.”—Kirkus Reviews (featured in Kirkus Reviews Magazine)

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Asha C H
May 21, 2020
one of the best mystery thrillers i have ever read .
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Mohammad Shoukathulla
April 12, 2020
good for reading
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Valerian LeForge
May 25, 2018
It is quite clear from the outset that this book is part of a series and that we are already some way in. However, knowledge of the previous novels in the series is not necessary to enjoy this tale - in fact I may have found myself enjoying it rather more because of that. I don't know if the Incubus murders have already been covered in the series so making large portions of this book completely irrelevant to the plot but if they aren't then this is a genuinely good stand alone tale. We do have some of the familiar devices beloved of the genre but the reasons for Sam's damaged state is a good one and the psychological ramifications of her sisters murder are well thought out and followed through on to the page. There is a really good sense of a devolving mental state and her descent in to obsession, if not madness, over those events that fuel the plot in this story. The relationship between her and Reece seems so perfect and then she begins to erode at that with her paranoia and personal foibles. The tale takes some nice twists and turns and you genuinely find yourself trying to pre-guess the outcome. The liberal red herrings work well and throw us off the scent as enthusiastically as they do the investigators. This is no mean feat and it was a real joy to find myself scratching my head at times trying to figure out exactly what was going on and get to the right perpetrator before they did. The handling of the Asperger's character, Eli, was sensitively done and the description of his interactions were pretty much spot on, as where his coping mechanisms. Bolster this with the enigmatic Danny and you can see them becoming integral parts of future plots. I think part of what elevated this for me was the genuine creativity of the murders and the wonderful twists to get to the denouement. However, this paled in to insignificance at Sam's heartbreak when her dog dies. It was wonderful to see a pet acknowledged as part of the family and the grief that hits when they do die shown so baldly on the page. A thoroughly enjoyable book that gets the old grey matter ticking over.
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About the author

 L.E. Fraser completed her post-secondary education in Toronto and moved to London, Ontario with her husband, two sons, and three pugs. Raised on military bases, her introduction to unique people and experiences fed a lifelong desire to write. She combines her passion for psychology and criminology in her Perdition Games novels, where the monsters you can’t recognize are more frightening than the ones you can.


Visit her at perditiongames.com and catch her on social media.

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