Finally, I gave in and got myself the Kindle Unlimited membership, which is 10$ per month (even though it says $9.99…. I hated those .99 numbers anyways and would rather round it off to the nearest number). And the first book I started was ‘The Short Drop‘ by Matthew FitzSimmons.
It is a Mystery Thriller, which is my most favorite genre, so there wasn’t any other choice. I was going through some Linda Howard’s novels before picking this up. When I have less time to spend for my reading, but read I do every day irrespective of whatever the pressure is, I always choose romance or romantic suspense which is easy on my mind. But I have to read a thriller for every two romance I read. And trust me, this one kept me on the edge of my seat almost close to falling down from my sofa.
No spoiler alert, so you can rest easy. Instead of me trying to write a blurb for that story, let me copy paste the one from Goodreads, for purpose of making it easy on every one.
A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.
For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.
Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.
I gave this one 4 stars, why ? because I almost guessed the culprit in the second part. But that doesn’t mean, the one I suspected was the actual culprit, even though in part that person sure was. Its a little complicated than that. I am not a big fan of political drama. Politics bores me in any form, be it news, fiction….doesn’t matter. But I did find this one to be gripping and wanted to uncover the truth just as much as Gibson Vaughn did. It was not about getting justice but it was about finding the truth aboout the missing girl and why. Like they say in the book,
“Never leave accounts unsettled.”
― Matthew FitzSimmons, The Short Drop