Out to Get Me
by Jeffrey A. Cooper
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Print Length: 278 pages
Reviewed by Manik Chaturmutha
A hair-raising tale of deceit and double-crossing
Out to Get Me by Jeffrey A. Cooper is a chilling story full of illicit dealings, risky car chases, and desperate attempts to survive. This thing has all the action you want out of a good crime thriller.
Toni Williams works in commercial real estate. She is on her way to keep an appointment with the banker, but the day goes downhill when she incites the wrath of a rash driver. Trying to escape the Jeep Wrangler, Toni calls her husband for help, only to realize that he’s been kidnapped, and now, she needs to deliver the five million dollars her husband robbed to save his life. It turns out the Jeep Wrangler is more than just a lunatic driver.
Toni makes frantic appeals for help while trying to evade her deranged pursuer. Hot on her trail, the Wrangler even puts other people in her life, like her best friend, in serious danger.
Desperate and helpless, Toni arrives at the place the kidnappers designated to save her husband. But she is in for a shock. What follows is a series of negotiations, betrayal, and shrewd scheming.
The novel has an engaging linear narrative. The story is narrated from the point of view of different characters, and it provides insight into the true nature of each character, enabling us to draw our own conclusions to the mystery.
The novel is based in Southern California at the onset of the pandemic, and it discusses the phase expertly and with great care.
“There were growing concerns about food shortages and lasting concerns about economic inequality. World leaders were ignoring the advice of their governments and science. Health officials were vilified. People were scared. They needed to feel safe, and to be with people who cared about them.”
The novel illustrates the destructive nature of greed and the consequence of betrayal. These are poignant and thought-provoking themes that make us dwell on the inherent flaws of human nature. Occasionally, the pace of the narrative is disrupted by description; this includes details of roadways and directions taken by the vehicles while being pursued, which we probably could have done without.
As I always consider important in thrillers, the ending gives us everything we asked for. Just the right amount of suspense keeps the blood pumping until this book’s satisfying close. Readers who enjoy high-speed thrillers are going to love this story.
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