Sidney “Doc” O’Keefe has just been released from prison after serving ten years for a murder he did not commit. He was a driver for mob boss Mickey Rabuffo when a routine collection of monies owed went bad and a family of four was murdered. Now that they are reunited, Doc, his wife Penny and eleven-year-old daughter Chloe take a much needed vacation in Lake Placid, New York. When the couple leaves the daughter playing on the beach, so that they can have a little private time, she is kidnapped. What happens next is an action-packed story filled with so many twists and turns that you might get whiplash.
Doc is portrayed as a smart man (former med student) whose ex-wife stole all his money causing him to work for Rabuffo to make quick money. But Doc makes some very bad decisions and assumptions in his quest to save his daughter that you might start to doubt his intelligence. If you simply go with the flow and not yell, “Why the heck did you do that?” then you’ll enjoy The Girl Who Wasn’t There.
There’s lots of violence in the book which happens at rapid speed. The continued surprises kept me in suspense making this a worthwhile read.
Many thanks to Oceanview Publishing for a copy of this fast-paced thriller.
Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: October 13, 2020 (Hardcover release).
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