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The author of Gun Lake and The Second Thief is back with a riveting tale of how buried mistakes can resurface at any time. Adventure Company entrepreneur Jake Rivers gets a call from the parents of a woman who has disappeared and was last seen with Alec, Jake's best friend from college. The girl's parents believe she is hiding out with Alec, but Jake hasn't heard from him in ten years. Jake's moved on from his college days, but the memories of what he's tried to forget--a friend's suicide, an enemy's mysterious disappearance--keep resurfacing. Someone wants to keep him from discovering what really happened.

Publisher: Chicago, IL : Moody Publishers, c2006
ISBN: 9780802486714
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 21 cm


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Librarian_Deb Feb 14, 2018

Jake hoped that what happened in college would stay in the past. But when he is contacted by a man looking for his daughter, Jake is forced to confront what happened during his last semester. You see, the man's daughter was last seen in the company of Jake's former college buddy Alec. Jake hasn't seen Alec in over 10 years, but he agrees to start looking for him. That leads to him reconnecting with his group of college friends, and also to him gradually remembering what happened during that last year of school. It seems that someone doesn't want him to remember though, as it looks more and more like someone is trying to warn him to stay away.
The book shifts from the past to the present from chapter to chapter, as we follow Jake's investigation and also his memories (such as they are) of what happened in college. Jake was a heavy drinker back then, and his memories of what happened--and why people are dead or missing--is not very clear. This builds suspense as the reader waits to see the truth about Jake and his college friends revealed. There is also a bit of romance in the book, as Jake reconnects with an old love interest from his college days. She was too much of a "good girl" back then to get serious with him, but now Jake has changed--but so has she. First of all, they have to figure out who is trying to hurt people, and what went horribly wrong during Jake's last spring break.
I found this book full of suspense, a real page-turner. It also touches on some deeper issues in the characters lives, but doesn't go too deep or get too preachy, allowing the flow of the story to carry the message.


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