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Two years ago, Sara's husband left for the gym one morning...and never came back. His car was found. He wasn't. Unbelievably, the police report said, "No foul play suspected." There were a few unreliable sightings over the following months, but little else.
Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time.
And the note under her windshield wiper asks one foreboding question: Are you ready to play the game?
An Interview with Author Ernie Lindsey
1. What got you started with the Sara Winthrop Thriller Series?
I write as if I'm reading the story as I go, so I create the type of fiction that I'm drawn to. Some of the best psychological thrillers have influenced my work recently, like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Defending Jacob by William Landay. Those two are absolutely masterful, and I feel like I should use them as study guides.
2. Sara's Game was featured as a Kindle Daily Deal back in 2013. What was that recognition like, and how did it change your writing career?
Having Sara's Game offered as a Kindle Daily Deal literally made my career what it is today. I couldn't be more thankful to Amazon for recognizing its potential and featuring it. The access to so many readers, fans, and new friends has given me the opportunity to write full time and I wouldn't be where I am today without it.
3. You write a lot of suspense, mystery, and thriller books. What are some of the top qualities you look for in the best mystery novels?
That sense of urgency that keeps you flipping the pages long after you should've gone to bed. It's what I look for in the fiction that I read, and I absolutely try to instill that in my work. When I first began reading suspense thriller books, I cut my teeth on Dean Koontz, and for clever mysteries, it was Elmore Leonard. Two of my heroes, right there.
4. Are the titles in this thriller series chronological and what should readers expect?
They should expect a fast-paced, heart-pounding journey throughout the whole series, and they are chronological, actually! They do work as standalone novels, but they're best read in order so that you won't miss important details from earlier parts of the story. So, they should be read like this: Sara's Game, Sara's Past, Sara's Fear, and then the companion novella, One More Game, which comes later and features a different main character than Sara herself.
5. What are some of the themes, ideas, and categories that new readers can look for in Sara's Game?
Ultimately, as one reviewer suggests, this is a novel that asks, "How far will one mother go for her children?" It's part suspense kidnapping, part psychological thriller, part puzzle, part game, and readers are encouraged to solve the clues along with Sara.