I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.First Shot by John Ryder
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Published by Bookouture on June 4, 2020
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“When girls go missing here, no one says a word…”
Twenty-four-year-old Lila has disappeared without a trace. It’s the kind of case that ex-military loner Grant Fletcher would normally be happy to take on—if someone had the money to pay him. But this one he’s doing for free. This one’s personal.
Fletcher owes his life to Lila’s father, from that time in Afghanistan he’d like to forget. And Fletcher knows that returning Lila safe and sound is the only thing that matters to his wheelchair-bound friend.
She last called her father from a small town called Daversville, in rural Georgia. A place—Fletcher discovers as he checks into the only motel—where folks are proud to keep themselves to themselves, and almost all the business comes from the giant sawmill that looms large over the town.
Before he’s even started looking for Lila, Fletcher finds trouble. And discovers that his friend’s daughter wasn’t the first girl to go missing in Daversville. Not the first by far.
Then the last person to have seen Lila before she disappeared is murdered. With Fletcher on the scene when her body is found, he becomes the local deputy’s only suspect, leaving him no choice but to go on the run. Because he knows someone’s abducting girls in this town. And he also knows he’s the only one who can find them…
Fans of the high-octane action and unforgettable heroes found in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series and David Baldacci’s Amos Decker books will love First Shot.
Here is what I thought
It seems a lot of women go missing in or near the town of Daversville and one of those is the daughter of Fletcher Grants friend Don. Fletcher owes Don for saving his life during wartime and so he is going to do everything he can to find Lila but it seems the small town is very tight lipped on anything that happens in town.
Not long after asking about a young girl that worked at the diner,who was suppose to have warned Brad to get his woman and leave, is found dead Fletcher takes it as a warning. He also feels bad about getting the young woman killed. He is arrested for the crime by the deputy in town, but there is also a female FBI agent in town looking for what happened to all the missing women. Special Agent Quadrado thinks that Fletcher probably done it but after listening to him and finding out that the deputy did not tell her everything he is soon let go. She wants him to leave town but of course he doesn’t do it.
Fletcher has his own way of doing things as he use to be a special branch of the military and he is not leaving till he finds out what happened to Lila. He riles the town up pretty good and gets himself into a lot of trouble. Meanwhile Agent Quadrado does her best to go by the book and look into the missing women but nobody will talk to her.
Soon they will both have to work together a bit to try and figure out what is going on in the town of Daversville.
I really wanted to like this one but in the end it was just sort of an average read. It was very stereotypical with a lot of the things that went on in the small town. It wasn’t even hard to figure out what was going on in the town and I had pretty much figured out what was probably happening to the women halfway through the book. There were a few things that I didn’t guess but for the most part I got it. I think what kept me reading this the most was wanting to know if Lila was still alive and if I was right about the women.
I wasn’t really huge fan of either MC in the book. Fletcher was a very flawed individual and a man of many lives it seems. He was kind of a Rambo type character but got beat up more. Quadrado didn’t seem like a very good FBI agent to me. My favorite character was Trench and he wasn’t even in it very much but when he was it was good.
I did get a lot of action at the end which was nice but overall I thought the pacing was kind of slow. I think the cool stuff at the end sort of saved the book for me but just verily. I do think it might just be me as it seems to have a lot of praise on goodreads so take what I say with a grain of salt. Maybe it was just my mood as I have been very mood with my reading lately. So if you think it sounds cool give it a try!