It’s a great mystery, riveting, makes you not want to put the book down. But it’s more than that. The main character wrestles with her own character flaws, questions the reality of God and where he is in her mess, and develops as a person throughout the book. The author also offers the possibility of redemption for the villain, which is refreshing. Having heard the author speak, it was fascinating to see how he wove elements of his own life into the story. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series!
Loved Fast Track! Once I picked it up, it was impossible for me to put down. Fast Track is definitely a novel that is captivating right from the get go! I felt so in touch with the emotional roller coaster that the main character Lark was on. Sifting through scandal, heart break and mystery, not knowing who to trust, the suspense left me saying "just one more chapter!". There was never a moment that I wasn't left with intense worry about what could happen next to young Lark Chadwick or what else she might possibly uncover. Thrilled to have been turned onto these books and looking forward to reading some more of the Lark Chadwick mysteries.
Out of cheer curiosity, I looked up some of the characteristics of our likeable, feathered-friend, the lark, and found among them ‘a willingness to expand into other habitats,’ having ‘more elaborate calls than most birds’ and as a ‘symbol of daybreak, the letting in of light.’ Not knowing why multi-book author John DeDakis gave his female lead character that same name, I let my imagination wander and - considering the lady’s overall personality in his debut novel ‘Fast Track,’ particularly her positive reactions to often difficult situations and her strong views on correcting injustices and revealing corruption (in other words ‘letting in of light’) – I concluded the talented author and creative writing teacher had named her well, regardless of whether the bird analogy was simply a figment of my imagination. Either way, just as our feathered friend has created for itself a prominent place in literature so perhaps has the perseverant Lark Chadwick, with DeDakis having just now completed his fourth novel, ‘Bullet In The Chamber,’ in a series focusing on the life of the young, intrepid journalist, the middle two novels being ‘Bluff’ and ‘Troubled Water.’ Being the first, ‘Fast Track’ neatly sets the tone for the whole series, setting out in an intriguing story-line the background to her young life and challenges she must face. What emerges is a brave and courageous woman whom, though vulnerable and fragile at times, could be on the brink of greatness, if she prevails over the difficulties life tosses at her, difficulties that prove to be tougher than most of us will face. As my elderly grandmother used to say. “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” Read ‘Fast Track’ and find out if that old adage holds true or not.
Fast Track provides the suspense, plot twists, and powerful climax that make mysteries satisfying. But add to that a cast of engaging characters, a compelling backstory, insights into journalism--bolstered by DeDakis' vast experience in media--and a plot without, miracle of miracles, plot holes. Lark Chadwick is such a compelling character that you'll want to follow her adventures in the sequels.
Fast track is a great read full of energy and surprises. Each time I thought I had it figured out there was a twist. I was certain who the bad guy was several times only to be surprised again. John has written a great mystery and I recommend it heartily