By: John Rector
Jake & Diane Reese are ordinary people. He’s a college professor and she’s an art dealer. What could be more mundane? However, things go from ordinary to outlandishly terrifying, in an instant, when Jake is attacked and two men cut off his ring finger, only to leave him bleeding and confused in a parking lot. Things go from bad to worse, however, when Diane goes missing and Jake is framed for murder.
Rector has created main characters who are deeply flawed. Take Jake for instance: like most heroes, he is daring and brave and loyal to a fault. Still, he is also stupid, stubborn and untrustworthy when it suits him; and sometimes, he can be somewhat cowardly. Given half the chance, he might crawl into a whiskey bottle and drown. He doesn’t, though. He may fall, but he gets back up for his family and his friends. That makes him humanly heroic and therefore endearing. Rector does the same for all his characters… well, most of them. There are some you just can’t help but hate, and that’s a good thing!
The story is intriguing, mysterious and intensely entertaining. I was so completely engaged that I found myself carrying my Kindle with me to read while doing laundry, cooking dinner and even watching TV. I couldn’t put it down. I just had to know, from chapter to chapter, what was going to happen next. Just as I thought I had it figured out, Rector would turn another surprising corner and blow me away.
Even saying that, I can also say that sometimes the pacing seemed a little slow. SOMETIMES. Still, I kept on turning pages.
Rector’s writing style is not as flamboyant or as portly as other writer’s may be. He is very spare with his prose, using only the words he needs. Yet, it is this very style that—more than once—made me feel as if I were watching the scenes play out in person. It is for this reason I am very impressed with this writer and intend to read his other offerings.
Overall, this is a terrific book and I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend it to anyone.