On Trial: A Game of Greed and Deception by John Matthews

Posted March 24, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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A Game of Greed and Deception Book Cover A Game of Greed and Deception
John Matthews
Mystery, Suspense
October 13th 2014

She is young and beautiful, and recently married to a very wealthy middle-aged man who considers her to be the ultimate woman for him and holds her out as a model for his beloved 10-year-old daughter. They travel to a mountain hideaway to celebrate their first year together as a family when things begin to unravel. Her husband goes missing after a treacherous car accident, and the wife and daughter seem trapped and isolated, and stalked from both inside and outside the cabin.

What ensues is the story of a woman driven by her soulless greed and self entitlement, and a man who is wronged and apparently out to get revenge. This deadly game of cat and mouse will keep you on the edge of your seat. The macabre scenes include deadly traps and medieval torture devices, hidden doors, secret rooms, and an underground labyrinth of torture chambers. Add in the legend of a hoard of pure gold bars, and it becomes clear that someone has a much bigger plan in mind and will let nothing get in their way. But who? This is the story of a plot so devious that it is set up to fool the State police investigation. But can it fool you? Keep guessing until the final scene as to what is really going on and let your intuition guide you.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:

OMG! That’s all I can say.


Tammy marries a rich man, who’s twice her age. Then plans to kill him while on their first wedding anniversary trip. She wants it to look like an accident so she consults with a sleazy lawyer friend of her husband, Stephen, who hires a man to rig the brakes and set up an accident. However, the accident doesn’t go quite according to plan and Stephen is still presumed to be alive. Now, everything seems to be going wrong for Tammy and Maria – Stephens daughter. Tammy is bat-shit crazy and she slowly loses her mind as weird things start happening around her. She is convince now that Stephen is trying to get revenge on her for trying to kill him. You’ll be guessing about who’s really behind everything up to the very end. I had hints but nothing substantial to prove who it was.


We barely get any story from Stephen after the beginning of the story. I really felt sorry for him for marrying this lady who now wants to kill him. However, at the same time I really do wonder about men who just meet younger women and marry them way to quickly without really getting to know them. Tammy really played Stephen.

Maria, is a clever 10 year old. View Spoiler » I think she acts a bit too mature for her age. I have a ten year old and although he can read people very well, I find it hard to believe he’d be this clever in the face of something like this.

Tammy has the best character development. Honestly, I read the synopsis for this one a few months ago so I had forgotten what it was going to be about. But I could tell from earlier that Tammy wants Stephens money. And that she was crazy. We slowly get to learn her dark secrets from her past.


The story unfolded quickly. There was never a dull moment and I was constantly racking my brain trying to figure out what was going on. I could picture the cabin as vividly as if I had been there, although I was never bored by the details in to story. The were precisely what you needed.

About the Author:

John Mathews is a tenured University Professor of English and living in Rome, Italy. As he moves toward retirement after a long and somewhat stressful career, he feels the desire to break out of the mold and delve into thriller fiction novels which focus on the dark side of human nature, both that which is unfeeling and indifferent to the fate of others and that which derives pleasure and a feeling of power from pain inflicted on them.

With a background in dealing with all kinds of people and personal growth and development, he also writes non-fiction books that will inspire, aid, and promote happiness, success, and prosperity for anyone in their life. He believes that every human being has the potential for greatness. [Source: Goodreads]

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

Rating Report
Overall: 5

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