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- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 1 edition (April 24, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CNY3SMB
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- Lending: Enabled
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And, of course, in order to learn, we will need to become acquainted with our main character, Jake Hawksworth. It is Jake who describes himself to readers. In fact, I enjoyed the POV coming from him as he worked to discover what was going on...but also as he worked and thought about his partner, enjoying, his sense of humor...or lack thereof. For me, it lightened up a somewhat gruesome murder mystery/thriller...
The murder in the prologue set the tone for what was to come, but, interesting, one clue came out of it as Jack and Kyle surveyed the room... In the midst of a variety of books on a shelf, a complete set of those written by a well-known author... A perfectly aligned row of shiny hardcovers. with the same author’s name, Drew McCauley, running up each of their glossy spines. Every book written by the guy. J
It begins around the third chapter when readers meet Drew McCauley on a plane heading home, as he is working on his latest book... And we meet Chance...Is he just a character? An intriguing overlay of activities within the book begins...Is McCauley writing a book...or is what is happening only concepts for McCauley's story... Close attention is mandatory for readers at this point! My only warning...
While Jack and Kyle are working on the murder of the woman who had been found dead in her bed, readers move on to meet new characters in the book... Chance and Lynette are meeting with Bud to consider having Bud help them...in kidnapping the son of author, Drew McCauley... Bud is hesitant, very hesitant, but needs money badly, and asks why Chance thinks he can get to the kid...
And, indeed, when Drew arrived home, he was surprised, and then concerned that Paige and his children had not met him at the door, as usual when he returned. Though Chance and Bud thought they were not observed, they had been, so the family had prior warning that somebody was watching their home... But they still succeeded in taking Ben...
Jake was having one of his nightmares, which had become routine since his wife had been murdered, and Nikki, his daughter was having a tough time awaking him...They were planning to go out and eat and she was going to share about her new boyfriend... Even then, Jake had a hunch about the young man he had not yet met....
But that had to wait, because Jake, who had worked for them before, was called in by the McCauley family to find their son!
Intense, provocative, and somewhat spellbinding, this book is well worth reading if you are a suspense thriller fan. It grabs you right from the beginning and leaves you wanting more. The climax is surprising enough to leave you a bit stunned. Highly recommended.
The plot favoured action over character study (which I tend to prefer in a crime novel), yet the characters were in no way one-dimensional, and I became completely engrossed in them, and have found a new favourite detective in Jake Hawksworth. I especially adored his sense of humour – he was quick with the comebacks and one liners, and his internal dialogue amused me many times over the course of the novel. I also liked how instead of being portrayed as a whiny teenager, waiting to be rescued, the kidnapped boy Ben, was resourceful, smart, and never gave up on trying to escape his dire situation. This was very refreshing and had me really invested in what happened to him. Excerpts from his father’s (Drew) latest manuscript were used at the beginning of Ben’s chapters, which eerily mirrored what he was going through, and successfully upped the tension.
The novel utilised several third person POV’s including Jake, Ben, Jake’s old friend, and author, Drew McCauley (Ben’s Dad), Drew’s wife Paige, a sociopath, one baddie, and some minor characters. There were also flashbacks to when Drew was teenager, and Jake a newbie cop, as well as to the night Jake’s wife Sheila was killed in a hit-and-run.
This would make an excellent choice for your next summer read, as it’s fast-paced, easy-to-follow, with short chapters, and medium level violence. Actually it’s a good anytime read, since I read it in the winter. William J. Goyette has set the bar really high with this first novel, and has me eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. I highly recommend to all.
The characters in this book feel real, like you could meet them in your local pub (but good forbid you meet someone like Martin!); they're very 3-dimensional, even peripheral characters.
The author also constructed some good twists, a couple of which had me physically smiling at the reveal.
If you're looking for a fun read, especially as you travel or while relaxing on the beach, give this one a try.