After reading an article in Romantic Times about Andrew Gross, who has co-written several of my favorite Patterson books, I had to check out his own books. I got The Blue Zone from my library and have since added his next book out on hold through the library. While The Blue Zone's premise was something out of the ordinary for me, I really enjoyed it and give it an A-.
Kate Raab's life seems almost perfect: her boyfriend, her job, her family . . . until her father runs into trouble with the law. His only recourse is to testify against his former accomplices in exchange for his family's placement in the Witness Protection Program. But one of them gets cold feet. In a flash, everything Kate can count on is gone.
Now, a year later, her worst fears have happened: Her father has disappeared—into what the WITSEC agency calls "the blue zone"—and someone close to him is found brutally murdered. With her family under surveillance, the FBI untrustworthy, and her father's menacing "friends" circling with increasing intensity, Kate sets off to find her father—and uncover the secrets someone will kill to keep buried.
I normally shy away from books that deal with the government and at first it sounded like I may not have enjoyed it that much. The whole thing with the Witness Protection Program and Columbian drug dealers really isn't my normal type of book. However, because I enjoyed Mr. Gross' thrillers that he co-wrote with Mr. Patterson I decided to give it a go. It was a really well written story and even though there were a lot of different characters to keep straight and code names, it was still really enjoyable. The suspense was very well written and the reader struggles along with Kater while trying to figure out who she can and cannot trust.
I am hoping that my reading mojo is coming back. I finished more than half of this book this afternoon and think that I may have hit my groove. I only finished 7 books last month and that is not going to help my reading goals be reached. Up next I am going to read a new to me author, Johnathon Kellerman. I have heard a lot about him and this book I picked up sounded very interesting. I don't have it right in front of me, but it does seem interesting. I have another long week ahead of me and am not looking forward to it at all. Hopefully I survive and have a few books read to show for it when it is all said and done. Hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Reading!