First Shot by John Ryder @bookouture @JohnRyder101

First Shot is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an Amazon affiliate link)

Book Description:

When girls go missing here, no one says a word…

Twenty-four year old Lila has disappeared without trace. It’s the kind of case that ex-military loner Grant Fletcher would normally be happy to take on—he will always seek justice if someone has the money to pay him. But this one he’s doing for free. This one’s personal.

Because Fletcher owes his life to Lila’s father. 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 in rural Georgia. Arriving there, Fletcher’s feet barely touch the ground before he finds trouble. He also discovers that his friend’s daughter wasn’t the first girl to go missing there. Not the first by far.

Then the last person to have seen Lila before she disappeared is murdered. As a outsider, Fletcher becomes the local deputy’s only suspect, leaving him no choice but to go on the run. Because Fletcher knows someone’s abducting girls in this town. And he also knows he’s the only person who can find them…

Fans of high-octane action and unforgettable heroes like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and David Baldacci’s Amos Decker will love First Shot.

My Thoughts:

This is a great start and introduction to a new series and new characters.

There is always something about a small town, out in the sticks where new faces are looked on with distaste that you know is going to make for a killer read. This is a town that is hiding secrets and Fletcher doesn’t get the warmest of welcomes when he gets there in his quest to help a friend out.

Along with Fletcher, there is also Special Agent Zoey Quadrado who is another newby to the town, sent by the government to investigate the disappearances of women that have passed through Daversville. These two characters end up being thrown together to try and uncover what is just going on.

I enjoyed getting to know both Fletcher and Quadrado and whilst this is a bit of a rocky meeting of sorts, I can’t wait to see where the author takes us next. Fletcher I felt bared his soul as such in this book but Quadrado I feel there is more to her that we have yet to see.

First Shot is a great mix of crime, investigation and action that makes for an enthralling read. Fletcher is one of those men that seems to attract trouble so you know things are never going to be boring whilst he is around. Whilst not afraid of trouble, he also has a heart and think due to this he will appeal to all readers. Couldn’t ask for a better start to a new series and will definitely be first in line for the next book coming out.

My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.

When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.

Author Social Media Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnRyderAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnRyder101

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