Your family has been attacked, never again to be the same.
Now you have to choose between law…and justice.
This was a great contemporary mystery/thriller that is fast paced and action packed. The story starts with one fateful night that changes a law-abiding family’s life forever. The story ends with how that family copes with the rest of their life.
Jason Bennett is a suburban dad that owns a court-reporting service. His wife owns her own photography studio. As they are driving home from their daughter’s lacrosse game a big truck starts tailgating their car. As Jason pulls over to let the truck pass, the truck cuts them off and two armed men jump out of the truck and confront the family, demanding their car. A shot is fired and the family’s nightmare begins. This part of the book was done so well that I found myself holding my breath as I read certain parts. The heartbreak and shock depicted was hard to read and I thought about how I would react to being in the MCs situation. I can’t imagine going through what they did and think I would have been an even hotter mess than the family was.
Later that night, the FBI warns the family that the carjacking was committed by members of a dangerous drug-trafficking organization and the family are now targets. The agents tell them they need to immediately leave their lives behind and enter witness protection. Reeling from the horrors of the night and not given time to process everything, the family agrees and walks away from their life with no notice to anyone. But while they are in their temporary location and have had time to absorb everything that’s happened, the family starts to spiral. When Jason learns some shocking information, he realizes that he needs to take his family’s safety into his own hands. But by doing so Jason puts himself directly in the path of danger, and even death. If he survives, his life will never be the same. If he fails, his whole family will be dead.
So the title of the book comes from their friends and family’s reactions to their disappearance into thin air. What happened to the Bennetts? I mean, what would you think if your best friend suddenly stops taking your calls or texts, doesn’t respond to your emails and doesn’t show up at home, work, or any other part of their life. Poof, they are just gone. Shock, dismay, fear, curiosity – you would feel all the emotions. And then, as usual, humans start acting like humans and the rumors start up, the innuendos build and the accusations start to pile up. In the book, people start to speculate that Jason killed his family and ran away. Jason killed his wife and kidnapped the kids. Jason embezzled money and the family is on the run. People always have to think the worst in this situation, right? It was interesting to read how their neighborhood, friends and family react to the family’s disappearance and it made me wonder what I would think if it happened to one of my loved ones.
Of course, in most books like this you have to suspend belief at times because certain things happened a bit too easily or were a bit too convenient, but hey, that’s just the way you have to tell stories like this, otherwise every book would be a thousand pages. These instances weren’t a big enough deal to ruin the book, and actually helped move the story forward. This book had plenty of twists and turns, some of which I anticipated, and others I didn’t. I felt like I held my breath the whole time I was reading the book and couldn’t exhale until the satisfying ending.
I highly recommend you read this book. I received a complimentary copy of it from NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. All opinions are my own.