An American Family
Author: Jackson Baer (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Series: An American Family #1
Published: October 1st 2018
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genres: Suspense, Drama
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |
Isaac Childs has the perfect life—until that life comes crashing down when his wife Ramie vanishes.
Isaac learns that his wife’s disappearance is the ninth in a string of similar cases. In the wake of this news, he struggles to cope, to be a good father to his daughter and college-bound son, and to reclaim something of an ordinary life even as he conceals his troubled past.
After the FBI makes an arrest, and his wife is presumed dead, Isaac begins to move on. Yet will his secrets catch up with him? Has he conquered his vices for good? And what of the FBI’s theory that the case isn’t completely resolved, after all?
Evolved Publishing presents the first book in the “An American Family” series, contemporary suspense thrillers that explore one family’s trials and tragedies.
This book takes off right away diving into a suspenseful pace that left me wanting more from the very first chapter. A beloved woman goes missing, the police become involved and the world of Isaac Childs, husband of the missing woman and his family’s life gets turned upside down.
I truly enjoyed this book. Not one character in this book was perfect. They all had flaws that were shown throughout this novel that gave a raw and real feeling. I found myself getting very emotional for these characters, after experiencing all the hardships and events they had to go through.
Each chapter brought a surprise, and the suspense never let up until the very last page. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know what happened to the missing woman. I wanted to know how the family was going to deal with the trauma. I wanted to know how they were going to pick up the pieces of their lives after everything seemed to be falling apart.
There were a couple things that bothered me, Like how quickly relationships seemed to bloom. They seemed to progress fairly quickly to a point that almost seemed unrealistic. I also wished that I could have spent a little more time reading about the case of the missing woman. It went from utter shock and heartbreak over her loss to the family moving on with their lives pretty quickly. That bothered me a bit as I thought in the beginning that this book was going to focus more on her disappearance.
This book reminded me quite a bit of Gone Girl in the beginning, but the story progressed into something else entirely that left me thinking that it was nothing like Gone Girl whatsoever. It had it’s own twists and turns that were unique which I liked a lot.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a suspenseful family drama. The characters were lovable and relate-full, which made me want to keep going until the very end. I finished this book in a day as I was unable to put it down.
I’m giving this book 3.5 stars for the suspense and fast pace that was presented from the very beginning. I loved the characters and their relationships with one another. It was a true american family despite the horrible events that they had to endure. I do plan on reading the next book in the series once it is released because I would like to learn more.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m a professional thrifter who is happily married, the father of four children, and an avid runner. I was born and raised in Georgia, and spent time in Oklahoma, California, Connecticut, and then Oregon, as an adult. I’m a graduate of Oregon State University and now reside in North Georgia, raising my family, near family.
My first book, The Earth Bleeds Red, was released in 2013. I took a few years off from writing to start my own business, and my second book, The Lights Will Never Fade, came out in Jan 2018. My new contemporary suspense/thriller series, An American Family, is coming in the fall of 2018 from Evolved Publishing.
I’m a bit of a free spirit who enjoys working from home, traveling around, looking for treasures to share, and creating worlds that otherwise would not exist. Thrifting and writing are my two passions, and I’m fortunate to be able to do both.