Ebook review: Girl Jacked by Christopher Greyson

Against the odds the sun has come back out to show itself in time for me to sit in the office or sit on a delayed train watching it. These remnants of summer as it begins its flow into autumn come as a pleasant surprise.
About the author: “Christopher Greyson is an author, actor, martial arts instructor and storyteller. He has degrees in Theatre, Communications and Computer Science. Christopher currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

His love for tales of mystery and adventure began with his grandfather, a World War I decorated hero. Christopher will never forget being introduced to his grandfather’s friend, a WWI pilot who flew across the skies at the same time as the feared legendary Red Baron.”

From the dust cover: ”Officer Jack Stratton is hiding. Hiding from the world. From pain. From the memories of losing his best friend, Chandler, in Iraq. Isolated from those he cares about, the last thing Jack expects to hear is; “Michelle is gone.”
The words cut straight to his core. Chandler’s sister is missing. Although the police think she just took off he knows Michelle would never leave those she loved behind – like he did.
Now he must take action, find Michelle and bring her home… or die trying.
The first novel in the Jack Stratton Mystery Series “Girl Jacked” introduces us to noble badass Jack Stratton and his dark past. With a debt of honor to his dead foster brother, Chandler, Jack’s guilt drives him into a world of deception and lies. Chandler’s sister Michelle is missing and the police have nothing to go on. As Jack’s walls begin to crumble, he must navigate the quirky characters that seep into the mystery of Michelle’s disappearance.
Jack has returned to the sleepy community of Darrington but like so many things in this world, nothing is as it appears to be. The hidden mysteries that often go unnoticed begin to emerge as Jack and his new unpredictable sidekick begin to turn over the rocks.
Following a trail that has grown cold, Jack must tread carefully to protect his job, his family, and his own life…

Christopher Greyson’s debut novel weaves a tale full of mystery and action with humor and suspense. His unique stories and no-nonsense style of writing will take you on a page turning rollercoaster ride of emotions right up until the end.”

My Ebook review: Crime thrillers are tricky. The detective has to be defective somehow, usually alcoholic, manic depressive, sociopathic or simply downright odd. The story has to come like rain out of an otherwise cloudless sky and generally speaking it has to be circuitous, elaborate and impossible for normal cops to solve. Even with these constraints there are still a huge variety of opportunities for creativity. Essentially, though, we do not want too much creativity. The cop needs to skirt with both danger and disciplinary action, there needs to be sex and there needs to be drugs either in the foreground story or in the background motivations.
Jack is damaged goods although it takes time to figure out why. His family and family relationships take some navigating. His sidekick comes as advertised and has to be so. The selection of characters and their unusual supply of talents and skills adds complexity and depth to the story and certainly enable the outcome.
In one sense this is a quite normal crime thriller and follows a pattern that will be recognisable to readers of this genre. On the other hand there is always the required thrill in reading a well executed plot and so the author should be applauded for that. It never quite got to the point of brilliance but it is certainly a fine book.
If I understood correctly, there will be other stories with our damaged hero and it will be interesting to see how Greyson develops his style.

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