Imagine a group of best friends planning a yearly get-together to play golf, hang-out, no wives, no kids. Just old friends from college, each going their own way after graduation but finding their way back to each other once a year to reconnect.
Evan is a successful lawyer. Will a struggling music producer. Jeffrey is a dot.com millionaire and Nolan is an up and coming state Senator. Things are looking up for all four: Will and Jeffrey are married and expecting their first children, Evan is on the verge of a huge promotion and Nolan is working his way from state Senator to Washington D.C. Good, stable men with degrees from an Ivy League school, making their dent in the world.
Now imagine stopping at a convenience store to grab a quick snack. Jeffrey goes inside while two wait in the car. A few minutes later, he comes out pulling a girl by the arm and pushing her into the car. They’ve all just unwittingly become involved in a kidnapping and robbery. Suddenly that dent has become a crater and no-one knows why. Not even the Jeffrey who seemingly has no reason to rob a convenience store, let alone kidnap someone.
As this suspenseful story unfolds, secrets revealed, past betrayals come to surface and lives are irrevocably changed. This much-anticipated, fun, casual “guys weekend” has turned into a nightmare than none of them could have ever imagined.
Or, could they? Jeffrey seems confused, dazed and completely unclear on what made him commit such a horrible crime. As each hour passes, the group knows they are digging themselves deeper and deeper into a hole they may never climb out of. They see their futures crumbling in front of their eyes and feel helpless to stop it.
As the story winds its way through fond memories of their Princeton days to the casual drifting apart that comes with growing up to horror at what their friend has done, both to them and to the girl he kidnapped, the reader slowly realizes that nothing is as it seems. Does the girl escape and turn them into the police? Do they kill her to hide the crime? Or does something happen that is so unexpected that takes the story from a good crime/thriller to one that will leave you shocked and strangely satisfied at the end?
I really enjoy thrillers and this one didn’t disappoint. The characters were all believable, the plot solid and the ending definitely unexpected. I’m always delighted to find new authors (or new-to-me) to read and Michael Kardos is definitely being added to my list.