THE TIMER GAME: “Explosive, exciting, terrifying.” — Bookloons
THE FROZEN LADY: “Brilliant.” –Philadelphia Inquirer
‘Different’ “The best of the best” — The Hollywood Reporter
OUT AT NIGHT: “A nail-biting premise” — Publishers Weekly
THE TIMER GAME “Nails the reader to the pages” (Italian translation) — The Sunday Telegraph
OUT AT NIGHT: “Brilliantly human character.” –Library Journal
Separation Rapid: “One of a kind show” –Evening Sun
Dying to be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story: “Thoughtful and thought-provoking.” –The Hollywood Reporter
THE FROZEN LADY: “Deserves a place on the best seller list.” –The Bay City Times
OUT AT NIGHT: “Heart pounding suspense” — Richmond Times-Dispatch
THE TIMER GAME: “Edge of the chair thriller. ” –Armchair Reviews
‘Susan Arnout Smith’s The Timer Game is a gripping thriller with a resourceful heroine. Having mysteriously given up a promising career as a doctor, Grace is now a forensic biologist with the San Diego police and bringing up a five-year old daughter on her own.
After a sinister warning, someone kidnaps the child and taunts Grace with the game she plays with her – finding hidden clues before a timer runs out. If she fails to find each clue, the girl will be killed.
In her frantic race against the clock she discovers that she cannot trust even the people closest to her. The theme is familiar, but there are some original twists and heart-pounding moments before the exciting climax.’
-The Sunday Telegraph
Smith’s writing rises above the mediocre level of many thrillers, and her insights, such as “None of us escapes this world undamaged,” strike home. And much of the action takes place on Halloween, which adds a ghoulish touch and heightens the tension.
With an intelligent, literate plot and a fully drawn heroine, “The Timer Game” portends great things from Smith. And readers will want her to hurry.
Richmond Times Dispatch
Explosive and terrifying, The Timer Game, an original novel with provocative themes and compelling characterizations, moves along at a pulse-pounding pace. Filled with stomach-churning images and guaranteed to satisfy readers hungry for a fast and furious thriller, The Timer Game is a commendable debut novel from a writer who knows how to write an entertaining, intelligent, and really good medical thriller.”
. . .deftly plotted thriller that picks up where The Timer Game left off. Readers will soon be feeling the chill when they realize how true to life it could be.
Romantic Times Book Club Sandra Garcia-Myer
. . .Smith has created a brilliantly human character in Grace Descanso. Recommended for Tess Gerritsen fans.
Library Journal (9/01/08)
. . .with its chilling scenario about the potential impact of genetically modified foods, this sequel to The Timer Game effectively combines focus on character with high-powered suspense.
Booklist, Michele Leber