Games People Play by Owen Mullen #BlogTour

Games People Play

When a baby is stolen from a Scottish beach, private investigator Charlie Cameron reluctantly agrees to take the case.

While her parents are just yards away, thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland. Three days later, her distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has taken his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgment, Charlie takes the case—and when bodies are discovered, he suspects this may not be an isolated crime. Is there a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades? Is baby Lily his latest victim? Charlie won’t be able to give up on this case. Memories and guilt from his childhood won’t let him…

Owen Mullen is a best-selling author of psychological and gangland thrillers. His fast-paced, twist-aplenty stories are perfect for all fans of Robert Galbraith, Ian Rankin and Ann Cleeves.

My Thoughts


I have read several books by Owen Mullen, so I had rather high expectations for this book and I am relieved to say it certainly did not disappoint.

When baby Lily goes missing, a manhunt begins to find who is responsible for this horrendous crime. Although the police are involved and very active in the case, it is decided by the family that a PI might be a better option in the hopes of locating the whereabouts of Lily quicker.

This is where we meet Charlie Cameron, a highly rated PI who is known for locating missing adults, but this is the first case he has dealt with where a child is involved. Charlie has a lot going on in his personal life too, which we learn more about as the story progresses, and things he would rather keep hidden begin to make their way to the surface once again.

It is a race against time to locate Lily and reunite her with her devastated parents, but as the plot thickens, things come to light that may well have been overlooked if Charlie hadn’t been employed to take on this case. When the story reaches it’s climax, I can honestly say that the ending was something I hadn’t expected at all.

With a cast of secondary characters that bring out Charlie’s different traits and highlight some of his weaknesses, this allows him to become more realistic to the reader. The storyline was gripping and well structured, with so many twists and turns throughout you were kept on your toes trying to fathom out what was happening alongside the investigators. A brilliant read which I would certainly recommend to others who love a good crime thriller.

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About the Author

Owen Mullen is a highly regarded crime author who splits his time between Scotland and the island of Crete.  In his earlier life he lived in London and worked as a musician and session singer. He has now written seven books and his first gangland thriller for Boldwood, Family  will be published in January 2021.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Owen Mullen for providing me with an ARC of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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