The Goodbye Man Book Review

The Goodbye Man Book Review

Title: The Goodbye Man
Author: Jeffrey Deaver
Published: May 12, 2020, G.P. Putnam's Sons
No. of Pages: 432
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

The Goodbye Man is the second installment in the Colton Shaw series by veteran thriller author, Jeffrey Deaver. Shaw tracks missing persons for ransom, and is good at what he does. In this novel, Shaw is tracking two young men who were supposedly involved in a hate crime. Shaw easily finds the men, and learns from them that the crime was in self-defense. However, when Shaw calls the authorities to pick up the men, one of them immediately jumps off a cliff in an apparent suicide. Shaw wants to find out why, and was led to what he suspects is a cult under the guise of healing. Shaw pays the exorbitant price and becomes involved. Once he learns why this young man committed suicide, he works to prevent others.

Colton Shaw is definitely a different thriller character; while he is very likeable, he is also generous and usually ends up giving his bounty money to the victims. He has problems of his own, one being to find why his father was murdered, which is a sub-story in the novel. Deaver is an excellent writer, and does an outstanding job of developing Shaw as well as the other primary characters in the book. He is also a master storyteller, and is able to keep readers on the edge of their seats; suspense is building throughout this book, and it is very difficult to put down.

Deaver has obviously done his homework and has researched cults, and the cult in the story is very believable and absolutely fascinating. Deaver know how people react and uses his knowledge to rope his readers into his stories.

Deaver fans will want to pick up this book. Those who aren’t familiar with Deaver will also want to pick up this book, as well as the first in the series and Deaver’s bestselling Lincoln Rhyme series. Excellent.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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