War Hero John Puller is known to be the top investigator in the US Army’s CID. So when a family with military connections is brutally murdered in a remote area of West Virginia, Puller is called in to investigate, and soon suspects the case has wider implications.
As the body count rises he teams up with local homicide detective Samantha Cole. As the web of deceit is revealed, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s much more to this case than they had first thought. It is an investigation where nothing is as it seems, and nothing can be taken at face value.
When Puller and Cole discover a dangerous situation in the making, Puller finds he must turn to the one person who can help avert certain catastrophe. A person he has known all his life.
In a breathtaking rollercoaster race against time, Cole fears for her community in which she was raised, and Puller knows he has to overcome the enemies of his country to avoid far reaching disaster.
But, in the end, you can’t kill what you can’t see coming…
David Baldacci has taken a leaf out of James Patterson’s book and written a story with short chapters, and this works well for me. It makes me read more than I normally would, because they are short and sharp and to the point. Before you know it you are caught up in the story.
John Puller has suffered through Iraq and Afghanistan, but discovers that his biggest challenge will be on home soil. What seems like a straightforward murder is anything but, and becomes stranger still when more bodies turn up, which don’t seem connected, but because of the proximity, the connection can’t be avoided.
Add into the mix a strange relationship developing between Puller and Cole and you end up with a classic thriller whodunit, and I have to admit that I wasn’t sure, right to the very last chapter, just what was happening.
The story is tragic and simplistic in its telling, and I love the way that David Baldacci tells a story, just enough to keep you reading to find out what happens. If you haven’t read any Baldacci, try this one to start with.