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Book Review: A CALLER'S GAME by J. D. Barker

Jordan Briggs, a controversial satellite radio talk show host, doesn’t hold back and has no trouble sharing what’s on her mind. She's reached the pinnacle of her career, and that journey to the top has not been without a price. Her family life is in ruins and she's kept her distance from everyone around her. When a caller asks her to play a game, she only sees an opportunity to kick-start the morning. But what starts as a game turns deadly and Jordan is forced to reconcile with one simple fact—All decisions have consequences.

There is no other way to describe A CALLER'S GAME by J. D. Barker than as one hell of a roller coaster ride from start to finish. This is a book that will keep you guessing again and again. Just as you think you've got a good grasp on where the story is going, Barker turns everything on its proverbial head. To be blunt, there are at least a dozen WTF moments in this book, and every one of them is fantastic.


Barker has an immersive style of writing that grabs the reader and draws them into a fictional world that is so realistic that you can almost hear, smell, taste, and see everything the characters do. His non-stop pacing keeps A CALLER'S GAME moving at breakneck speed, and every chapter leaves you with a cliffhanger requiring you to read on.


The character development in A CALLER'S GAME is thorough and well-done, leaving the reader to feel as if they are reading about close friends. When Jordan's soul is laid bare near the end of the book, you'll want to cry with her. And, speaking of ending, this book has a heart-pounding climax that will leave you breathless.


Having said all of this, be mindful of the fact that this is a violent book. Some may be turned off by the violence. But if you want a book that ratchets up the tension to eleven and doesn't stop until the very end, A CALLER'S GAME is for you.

For more information about J. D. Barker, check out my 2018 interview with him here.