Publication date 27th July 2013
About the author: “JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida. In addition to regular fishing trips, he wrote a monthly column for New Tampa Style Magazine, then began penning several mystery/suspense stories. He also maintains a blog about new home building, an industry he has worked in for over 12 years.”
From the dust cover?: “An Unreasonable Hitchhiker. An Unstable Widower. An Unpredictable Journey. Having just escaped from inmate work detail, Tess is on the run and has one goal: get her daughter back. So, hitching a ride to Sarasota, where her daughter is staying, seemed like a good idea at first. That is until she realized her Good Samaritan is clearly suffering from the recent loss of his wife.
As the miles go by and they get closer to Sarasota, she comes to suspect that this crazy widower may in fact be a murderer and they’re transporting a body in the trunk of his car. With the police hot on their trail, Tess isn’t about to let a little murder stand between her and her daughter — no matter how many bodies start piling up.”
My Ebook review: this is JC Gatlin’s first offering on KDP as far as I could tell and it is a relatively short ebook at around 93 pages. These two facts tell us that the author is on a mission to make a splash with a fast paced novel. The blurb is accurate and we get straight into the plot from the get-go.
The main characters come together seemingly at random and as we go through the pages we learn more about each and importantly learn what we do not know. We know that Tess is on the run and desperate to get to her daughter and any road trip is going to be fraught with tension on the way to get there. Quite how people outside of the car learn about Tess is left to the imagination but this becomes much more than just a simple trip with just one goal.
The writing is good and the action is kept up; the plot is intriguing and tension is exciting. Inevitably there is a car chase and inevitably the description of this goes on too long for my taste but that is a minor thing.
Did I enjoy it?: Sure, it was a fun read that kept me guessing. It has a good pace and good tension.