Top critical review
Pretty good but at the same time disapointing
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2008
This is the fourth book I've read by Kevin O'brien and I found it to be okay. It was not as good as LEFT FOR DEAD or ONE LAST SCREAM or MAKE THEM CRY, but it was readable with a good plot. It would have been much better had the ending been a bit more believable. No, make that the ending and the way we got to it. The ultimate plan came down to driving around a likely neighborhood looking for a green SUV in a driveway. Really? That's the plan? The police couldn't put this together. The private detectives couldn't put it together. The mob couldn't locate Barry. Gillian did and she did it when the pressure was on - In one afternoon with just a hunch to go on. She also found her son just on a hunch. And Jason coming out of nowhere to save the day was just too much out of a melodrama to be real. Still, despite not really buying into the plot, and the fact that I didn't really care for some of the characters like Ethan, Jason and Ruth, this was not a bad read. It had a pretty good idea and lots of twists and red herrings to keep the reader off the scent. I think if you're a fan of Kevin O'Brien you should read it. If you haven't read any of Obrien's works before, don't make this one your first. He has done much better.