I took a long rime to get a third of the way through this story. Then the adrenalin started to rise and rise through ti a thoroughly exciting finish. Bryan his constructed a very good novel.
Daniel is abducted. This is discovered after we find out Carey his mother is blackmailing her boss over an affair. Pete the stepfather is also having a run in with his illegal supplier to his unsuccessful medicinal marijuana store. Both have been threatened.
There is a lot of background put into the first part of the book. Carey is the estranged daughter of the local wealthy widow. Pete is a futures trader sacked from his job. The biological father has been in jail for drugs and violent assault and has been in contact. Every person that is connected to them or the abduction is tainted or criminal. There is not much to love in any of the characters except Daniel. I found it difficult to concentrate on such an unlovely group and was tempted to simply turn off.
Then we get to know Katya Malone. The policewoman recovering from the loss of her daughter. This is the saving grace of the book. As the story becomes more complex and involves even mote disreputable characters Katya pushes through and doesn't get distracted.
At about the halfway point the story starts to take shape and the action heats up. There are much complication and misdirection but there is a rip roaring finish and an epilogue to round off all the stray bits.
This book will appeal to a range of readers but they will need the patience to make it through this first bit before they get satisfaction.
Hello fellow readers. You will want to retreat from this novel more than once. Zero desirable characters. Stretched confluence. Plot holes. Then in the last bit...a bit of redemption. Still, not plausible, but a silly enough lark to say, “Okay, not all of my money was wasted,”