Killer Takes All
By Erica Spindler
One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small,
And the ones that mother gives
Don’t do anything at all,
Go ask Alice
When she’s 10 feet tall.
And if you go chasing rabbits…
~ White Rabbit by Jefferson Starship
The White Rabbit is a role playing game in this book by Erica Spindler and it is lethal. The White Rabbit is the game master and his/her goal is to destroy every other character to be the undisputed champion. In this game, the good Wonderland characters have all become evil. Alice and her team of ”good guys” must defeat the white rabbit and restore peace to Wonderland. As in the book, Alice and Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, nothing is what it seems. The game was originally designed for computer play, but someone has made it real and is killing people in order to be the last one standing, thus the title of the Winner Takes All.
The game was originally created by a couple of bright students at Berkeley years ago. One partner died and the other, Leo Noble, inherited all the rights and profits. He and his family begin to receive unique hand drawn cards of the Wonderland characters, only they are shown murdered in gruesome manner. Leo, his wife, Kay, and their daughter, Alice, are afraid for their lives.
Just prior to the Nobles receiving the cards, Stacy Killian, an ex-Dallas PD detective, now turned literature grad student, hears a sound one night. This is a sound with which she is very familiar – a gun shot. She checks on her friends in the other half of the duplex and finds them shot to death. Civilian though she is, she decides to aide the detectives assigned to the case. Doing so draws her into the game and her life is now in danger.
The book leads the reader on a suspense filled chase through Wonderland. Who will be the next victim? Can Stacy guide the New Orleans detectives to the game master before she gets killed? I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and give it 5 of 5 stars.
One thing that I found interesting was the author’s comment in the brief biography on the fly leaf. Ms. Spindler loves her family and God. In MHO I thought it was a bit incongruent in regards to loving God but using swear words in the book. That’s just me. I am glad that there were no sex scenes. The story was really well done.