Buddy Read May ’08 with Crystal Craig
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages - Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008 ) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0312358644 - ISBN-13: 978-0312358648
ATF Agent Jack Donovan has two ambitions: take down cult leader Alex Gunderson after years of violent mayhem and reconnect with his daughter Jessie, who has somehow managed to slip from his life. But none of Jack’s experience as a stellar cop or an absent father has prepared him for the unthinkable way these two parts of his life are about to collide.
In a desperate act of revenge, Gunderson kidnaps Jessie and buries her alive. But just as Jack’s team is closing in, fate intervenes in the form of a bullet, and the secret to Jessie’s location is lost. With only a few precious hours of oxygen to sustain her, and with not a single clue pointing in her direction, Jessie is sure to die – unless Jack can somehow find her. But what Jack doesn’t realize is that he’s about to take a sharp turn into a world from which few of us return: the darkness of death itself.
(8-Jun-08 to 10-Jun-08)
Review: Fast-Paced Thriller with a Touch of Supernatural.
I’d never read this author before, and it won’t be the last. I really liked the plot, how the story was drawn out, and the ending has a twist you wouldn’t have thought of. Fast-paced page-turner, there’s not stopping until the very end – and even then, you wonder…
However, I found the characters two-dimensional. They are not developed enough – especially the ‘bad guys’. I could understand Jack’s feelings, being a parent myself, and I wonder if I would have reacted the same way… Probably would have. But I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters – like there was something missing.
Regardless, an excellent story with lots of action, suspense and a mystery all rolled into one with a supernatural twist. A great thriller! I could see this as a movie – but then again, Browne is a former screenwriter.