Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book for free from NetGalley and the publisher for review purposes. No other compensation was given.
I was drawn to this book because of the description- an autistic child goes missing and dad needs to find him. I’ve never read a Jason Stafford book, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were some parts that made me say meh.
Jason is financial investigator for a company and part of his job includes going to places that he may not belong, looking into people that don’t want him looking into them, and make sure that no one is trying to harm the company that he works for. The job is pretty risky, given that he is a single dad to an autistic young boy whom he affectionately calls “The Kid” and has a pregnant girlfriend- all of them need him to be alive and well.
Jason ends up investigating the wrong people and gets captured by them, along with a co-worker. The events that follow weren’t necessarily realistic for me (but I won’t give away any spoilers, I’ll let you read it). Because of this entire debacle, he gets put into witness protection because (obviously) his life is in danger. Now, he goes into witness protection reluctantly, but I couldn’t shake the fact that he is in a long-term relationship and he goes without her. He is living apart from his significant other. I get that she has a career and her own business, but wouldn’t the people that were after Jason come for her too? I kept wondering if I would let my significant other go into witness protection across the country without me. I don’t know, I would probably have gone with him because I would’ve been more terrified staying out in the real world- looking over my shoulder… but that’s just me.
Back to his son, though, The Kid has a tendency to hide when he is not happy and so when he goes missing Jason and his bodyguards have to try and decide if he just ran off or if he was taken by the very people that are after Jason’s head. What ensues is an action-packed search for his son where we don’t know who to trust and who not to trust. Are the bodyguards guilty? What about the sheriff? Is it the people who is after Jason? Or is The Kid nearby just hiding because he is upset?
Although this book was action-packed, I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters. I didn’t really connect with them. Jason is dark and distant, which is fine. I kinda felt for The Kid the entire time because although it is clear that his dad loves him, sometimes it seems that he just leaves him alone and lets him be instead of spending more quality time with him. He is so caught up in his work and finding the truth about who is out for him, which I get as well because- hello! They’re trying to kill him… so I guess I’m conflicted. None of the characters left me wanting to read more about them again and because of that I don’t see myself reading another Jason Stafford book in the future.