Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn
This book caught my attention with the first line: The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months.
Penguin Books and Net Galley allowed me to download a copy of this ebook for review (thank you). It was published in paperback in December, so you can grab a copy at your local bookstore now.
Maggie has really been gone for seven years, but Ian's ex-wife just had a funeral four months ago for "closure". He still has held hope he will find her again, but he understands that it might be impossible. Then, while working his dispatcher shift at the police department, he hears her voice on the phone. She only gets a few words out before she's cut off, but Ian has heard her voice and he's on her trail like a hound.
This story is gripping, intense, and mean. The man who has kidnapped his daughter is not very nice. He likes to hurt things. He also has a buried past.
Ian feels he failed his daughter when he went on a date with his wife and left her with her stepbrother babysitting. It's not his fault, but tell his gut that. He will do anything to get his child back.
If you like fast action, a character that will go as far as he has to go to get his child back, and a quirky ending, this book is right up your alley.
I really enjoyed this read because I admired Ian's determination and desire to retrieve his child. He turns into a man who resembles "Dirty Harry", but he needs to be that strong or he'll lose her again. I also liked the way this author ended it. It's not cut and tied and can be taken one way or the other. Why not read this book and tell me how you think it ended?