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Simon Says

(Perdition Games #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Joining a cult is easy, getting out alive is another story.

Two years after the disappearance of sixteen-year-old Amanda Reid, the family’s wealthy matriarch hires Toronto PI Samantha McNamara to find her daughter. Sam hopes that the case will distract her from her sister’s recent murder, but she quickly re¬alizes that things are not as they appear in the secretive Reid
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 5th 2018 by FriesenPress (first published April 30th 2014)
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PERDITION GAMES: SIMON SAYS is L.E. Fraser’s debut novel, book 1 in this dark chilling thriller that scrambles the mind in a deadly game of cat and mouse. This is a great start to a new series. It is well written and is sure to please.

The series is broken down as follows:
Perdition Games: Simon Says (Book #1)
Skully, Perdition Games (Book #2)
Red Rover, Perdition Games (Book #3)

I had a chance to read all three books in early January 2017, and this is the first review.
Each novel has an exclusive p
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Perdition Games: Simon Says is an excellent debut novel by L.E. Fraser. It is a complex read, which is a compliment. I like books that make me pay attention and inspire me to think. There are lots of characters and several subplots in Simon Says, but thanks to Ms. Fraser's superb writing, I had no problems keeping on top of everyone and everything. Her chapters are divided into subchapters, each headed by a character's name. That subchapter is told from the POV of that person, allowing us into t ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, series
This was the first book in the Perdition Games series by Canadian author L.E. Fraser. It was the author's debut work, but you would never guess that. She has since published another two books in this series. I have read one after the other since the beginning of this year and have thoroughly enjoyed all three.
This one is about a sixteen-year-old girl who has been missing for two years. Private Investigator, Samantha McNamara, is hired by the family to look into the girl's disappearance. Her inve
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
I waited to review this one until after book 2. While this is a series - each story is different (so far). The 2 detectives Samantha (Sam) and Reece are in a developing relationship and work together to solve the mysteries, crimes, etc. they are assigned and/or hired to investigate. I liked this one - but not as much as book 2. While I didn't have to read this one prior to reading book 2 (Skully)), it did help with having quite a bit of background on the characters, etc. 3 stars. ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read the first two books in order, but I enjoyed reading both books very much. They were well written and kept my interest throughout both books. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Robin Dixon
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

L.E. Fraser is the best! The Perdition Games series is incredible! Definitely recommend this book! Highly suspenseful and extremely well written!! Hope there will be a 4th in this series!!!!
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simon Says

Fascinating book, so we'll written. You would never believe that this is the authors first novel. The story is mainly about a cult, a psychopathic leader, and a dysfunctional family. The story and plot kept me interested from the beginning to the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a novel that makes you think.
Joseph Hirsch
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a solid debut for Fraser. The plot, in brief: A frigid matriarch and her henpecked husband live in the Canadian countryside. The couple are well-off, with one daughter who is a successful novelist, and another daughter with a penchant for religious fundamentalism, the latter of whom disappeared a couple of years back.

Enter Detective Sam McNamara, a tough female P.I., who is freshly returned from a headline-grabbing case involving a serial killer called "Incubus." She is hired by the fath
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a SIGNED copy of this book in a competition here on Goodreads a while ago. I took me a while to pick it up because I'm usually not a huge fan of detective novels, but I'm glad I finally did. I was pleasantly surprised.

The book is well written, the plot is intriguing and thrilling and the characters had strong personalities, I highly recommend it.
Over all, this was a great read filled with suspense, It's a really good book! :)

Thank you L.E. Fraser for sending me a signed copy!
Paula Henderson
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a huge surprise. I couldn't put it down. Although dark and disturbing in places, it is very thought provoking which came as a surprise since I thought it was just a mystery/thriller. It is more than that and I loved it!

The characters are very well presented. The setting made me feel like I was there. I highly recommend this. I checked out the website and can't wait for the next book that this author has coming.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book took me by surprise. I loved it. The suspense, drama and thrills kept me glued to the pages. I could not put it down. The storyline was well written. I loved how the story kept getting better with each chapter. The characters were awesome. This book is a great read and a great add to your tbr list. Recommended read.
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cult Danger

I gave this book five stars because it was a good read. It was interesting and descriptive giving a glimpse of the life inside a cult. Sam was intuitive and ready to compromise her reputation to try to save a child and his aunt. I loved the characters, especially Reese and Sam.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great as a stand alone or part of the series.

Fraser has a way of playing with your mind when it comes to psychological thrillers. I cannot wait to see what comes next.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got no 4 in the series as a free book. When I finished it in one day I bought the first 3 books.
Barb VanderWel
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Emma Reader
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page turner

Could not put this down - getting book 2 in about 5 seconds. A great way to spend your reading hours.
Tony Parsons
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Father Mussani ran the Bueton Sanctuary (commune, cult). Brother JB (follower) was his right hand man.
Sister Sylvia Blois (28. mentor) & Sister Mandy (16) had escaped from there & were on the run.
Sylvia body had been found. The investigation was now closed.
Uthisca, Canada. Mrs. Estelle Reid (wife/mother) went to Toronto to visit with Detective Sam McNamara (f, LPI).
Sam called Inspector Reece Hash (twin) about the closed missing person case on Amanda Mandy Reid (Estelle/Duncan’s daughter, reli
Charles Ray
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
When a wealthy young girl, Amanda Reid, disappears, her mother Estelle seems not to care, only reporting it to the police long after the incident. When the pressure mounts, though, Estelle is forced to hire private detective Sam McNamara to look for Amanda. McNamara soon finds herself immersed, not only in a dangerous religious cult led by a zealot, Father Mussani, but also in the midst of the Reid family’s shady past – a past that Estelle wants to keep buried.
Simon Says: Perdition Games by L.E.
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I received Perdition Games: Simon Says free as a first-read. I thought this book was enjoyable but not amazing. The story was intriguing because you could tell there was something “off” with the family from the very beginning with how they weren’t overly concerned that their daughter Amanda was missing. You are also introduced to the cult early on & assume that is where Amanda ran off to but then Amanda’s sister Jasmine is introduced along with her son & you are wondering how all of these charac ...more
Amanda  Francis
OMG! Goodreads no! I wrote a long detailed review and now its gone with a click! -breathe, breathe- Okay, I'll rewrite it.

This was an ARC, a SIGNED ARC. Thanks, L.E. Fraser!

So when i first started this book it took me a chapter to figure out its setting. Its set in present day Canada. And the cover is a bit misleading to me because it seems a bit horror-ish to me. But no, its a detective novel. I really cant stand detective novels.

However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me only 3 sit
Brian Smith
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Heard about this book on Twitter. Don't usually write reviews, but this book deserves one.

It leaves you with a disturbed feeling about the decay of the human condition. It has complicated plotlines but they do tie together and make sense. Yes, the POVs jump around a lot, which could be seen as a technical error, but it was clearly deliberate. If it was through a single POV, the reader couldn't connect with the characters' inner conflict as well. The juxtaposition between the two families may be
Kim Page
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!!! OMG I can hardly believe that it is a debut novel!! Incredible writing and editing!!! The story line was disturbing, exciting, sad...a rollercoaster of emotion really!! I could not put it down...Bravo!!!
The complexity of the characters was amazing made me feel like I knew them and although some brought some laughter, others brought tears and still others...well as I said earlier an emotional rollercoaster!! Seriously, toward the end of the book I was reading with a tissue at
Cindy Smith
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a debut novel. I am thoroughly impressed! The author introduces us to Sam, a PI who is hired by Estelle Reid to find her daughter, Amanda. Amanda has been missing for over 2 years. Sam is forced to figure out what happened while everyone is hiding information.

I loved the way the author tells us the story from everyone's POV. This style makes me feel like I am a participant not just an observer.

The twists and turns in the tale and the character's personal lives keep you at the edge of y
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free for an honest review. I am also excited because it is a signed copy!! I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series. This book started out at a full run and kept on going! It is full of drama and mystery. It kept me guessing until the very end. Also, I would have to say it was very original. I read a lot and this topic in itself was different and exciting. It's nice to get out of the same routine topics, characters, and settings . Thank you L.E. Fra ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free download of this book from Story Cartel, thank you!
I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting look into cult behavior and psychology. I also enjoy books that show how being wealthy doesn't necessarily mean happy.
The organization of the story could get a little confusing, with all the different viewpoints, but the author does a good job at labeling each section so that the reader knows which pair of eyes they are reading through.
Overall an excellent read, with plenty of m
Gina Smith
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story and writing. This book drew me in from the beginning. Sam McNamara is a private eye hired by the Reids to find out what happened to their missing daughter. Amanda (Mandy) vanished 2 years ago when she was 16 and hasn't been heard from since. What Sam uncovers is a very disfunctional Reid family and the connection to a religious cult. Sam ends up inserting herself into the cult and what she finds out is horrifying.
Well developed, interesting characters.
* I received a free copy of
Susan Beamon
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this one line, and did it in one day. I have read other books that fast, but not sitting at my computer. It is a thriller, a mystery, first in a series I'm told, filled with a dysfunctional family, a cult, and missing girls. While that doesn't sound all that interesting, surprisingly, it was. I had to see what happened next. It seemed like a slow motion train wreck was being presented and I had to watch where each of the cars landed. ...more
Good book involving a dysfunctional family, cult, murder, mystery, and regrets that are realized too late. Some interesting twists along with a bunch of diverse characters. Toronto area is the setting which I enjoyed as I live nearby. Not super suspenseful, but overall a solid story that kept me reading to find out the outcome of the characters lives.

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it so so so much!!!

If you want a fantastic read with a little bit of creeps then this is a definite read

Thank you so much to L.E Fraser for sending me a copy, I loved it so much and I'm sure that others will love it too.

P.S I am sincerely sorry that i didn't get around to reading this sooner but Yr 12 crept up on me and I panicked a lil bit
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received this novel thru goodreads competition and loved it,from the prologue I was entralled by the story, was easy to follow with six characters all entwined in the same storyline,the author L.E.Fraser has written a fantastic thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed and will be looking for more of her novels
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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 o ...more

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