David Ellis- The Hidden Man 3.25 Stars
Jason Kolarichâ€™s neighbour and best friendâ€™s little sister is abducted when he is a young boy. Everybody suspects a pedophile that lives in the area, but can never prove his guilt. Now years later Sammy Cutler, his estranged best friend, is accused of murdering the man suspected of abducting his sister. A shady man hires Jason, now a lawyer, to get an acquittal for Sammy, but he is not supposed to do anything except show up, they will handle everything else. Jason Kolarich doesnâ€™t play by those kinds of rules though.
It was a pretty good start to this book. My attention was grabbed early on and it never really lost my attention at any point. It flowed smoothly and at a good pace. The plot was fairly good, but I had to keep wonder why Jason Kolarich, for such a smart man, did not think to record any of his conversations and go to the police. This kind of frustrated me and took away from the book. It had a few twists, but none of them were really shocking. The characters themselves were really well done, but Jasonâ€™s whole self pity thing got to be a little frustrating as well, although I understand that losing the two most important people in your life would be extremely traumatic. The flashbacks to better times in his life also got to be old, a few would have been good for background development, but the frequency of these flashbacks was driving me insane. Overall though it was a pretty good one time read.
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