Gone The Next
by Ben Rehder
Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He’s working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts—the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard’s report—and with his history, who can blame them?—it’s the beginning of the most important case of his life.
Considering the subject matter, the topic is handled with great sensitivity. After learning that Roy has experience of losing a child, then it was very easy to root for him. Added to that he has the kind of sense of humour that you can’t help but like, and laugh along with.
It was a fun, fast suspense read that kept me turning the pages with an interesting choice of main character. I don’t think I’ve seen an insurance fraud investigator in the ‘detective’ role before. Of course, the rules for him are different to those of a PI, and Roy is not averse to using that to his advantage.
A great story, and one that makes me want to read more from this author.
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