Text Message is my third book by William Malmborg – (I read Jimmy & Dark Harvest first, and finished SCRAPING THE BONE right after.)
I almost hate myself for saying this – but I don’t think I could pick a favorite anymore! Between Text Message and Jimmy – I half to call a ‘Draw’.
Amazon’s synopsis –
“I have your sister. Do exactly as I say or I’ll kill her!”
Mallory thought it would be a quick trip to the mall, one where she could get a last minute Christmas gift for her boyfriend. Little did she know a momentary slip in judgment would result in her little sister’s abduction. Unable to call the police for fear her sister will be killed, Mallory has no choice but to play the awful game the sadistic kidnapper has designed for her, one that begins during the crowded midday hours, but won’t end until long after the mall shuts down for the evening.
HIS MALL . . .
Mr. Campbell has been waiting a long time for the perfect game, one that is obviously stacked in his favor given that failure would result in his imprisonment. Such stacking doesn’t really concern him, however, not when it is the fun of the hunt, and the ever-changing scenario, that gets his blood pumping. And Mallory seems to be the perfect girl for this, her sudden lack of compliance after the first few tasks he instructs her to perform in order to keep her sister alive quite different than what he is used to when dealing with his female victims. In fact, in all his years of playing such games, he has never before encountered a girl who will allow such horror to unfold upon the captured loved one simply so she can preserve her own dignity. It is quite refreshing.
HIS GAME . . .
Dan knew his security shift at the mall would be hectic, what with it being one of the last shopping days before Christmas and a blizzard predicted to hit the area during the afternoon hours. What he wasn’t expecting was to be caught up in a horrific game of cat and mouse between a college girl named Mallory and an unknown serial killer that kidnapped and is torturing her little sister. Not that he actually realizes this is what is unfolding, his self-imposed quest to figure out what is causing the similarly aged college student to act so bizarre his only real concern. Well, that and staying under the radar of his boss Jerry who seems to have it out for him. Will he be able to help Mallory survive her ordeal once the reality of the situation becomes known to him, or will he fall victim to a serial killer that never intended for him to be a part of the game?
There isn’t a bunch I can tell you about the story that the synopsis hasn’t said already. It’s so suspenseful! I kept wondering what I would do if I was in Mallory’s shoes, would I play the game? To what extent? What would I have thought about Dan? Friend or foe?
I couldn’t answer myself!
The blizzard happening outside the mall gave the story an additional claustrophobic feel.
I keep wanting to compare Text Message to Jimmy, to comment how Bill has grown as a writer… yadda yadda. But, I loved Jimmy and wouldn’t change a thing about it.
If you’ve read another story I reviewed about two brothers in a mall, rest assured – they are nothing alike!