‘The Goodbye Man’ is the latest book by Jeffery Deaver in the Colter Shaw series.
In pursuit of two armed fugitives in the wilderness of Washington State, unique investigator Colter Shaw witnesses a shocking suicide. This leads him to the Foundation – a cult that promises to transform peoples lives. But is there more to it than meets the eye? Shaw goes undercover to expose the Foundation’s real purpose. Before long he meets the charismatic leader Master Eli, a man who commands terrifying loyalty from his followers. Something truly dark is going on beneath the surface of the idyllic community. And as Shaw peels back the layers of truth, he begins to see there is only one way to escape the Foundation… and the price for that freedom might well be your very life.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Jeffery Deaver and ‘The Goodbye Man’ was a new series for me.
The story is seen from the narrative of Colter Shaw, who’s been hired by the parents of missing teenagers for a crime. When he successfully finds the boys only for one of them to commit suicide. Colter finds himself on a journey to a commune where people a promised way of life. It’s whilst there that he finds himself embroiled in a sordid world of mind control and greed.
It was great to settle back into a Jeffery Deaver book, granted it’s been a while since I read one of his books but immediately I settled into the fast paced drama gripped with the interesting mix characters, the controlling leader of the cult called Eli, who everyone is taken in his charisma and winning ways.
Colter is an intriguing lead, consumed by the need to find out why the young boy would take his one life, Colter finds himself admitting himself to Orisis with a false identity but finds himself also taken in by the leader and begins to reveal his real self.
The story is vividly written and Jeffery really sets the scene with the descriptions of the commune as well as the complex mix of personalities that really pulls the reader in.
A dramatic and thrilling story that is masterfully written with clever plot line, ‘The Goodbye Man’ is a riveting story that was a welcome return from Jeffery Deaver.
You can buy ‘The Goodbye Man’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.