My featured book this week is the unputdownable action thriller, Final Second by John Ryder, the second in the bestselling Grant Fletcher series.
Sometimes it takes a stranger to find a killer…
In a small farming town in rural Wisconsin—where generations of families have lived in peace for decades—no one expects trouble to come calling.
But then a farmer’s beautiful young wife is found brutally murdered, with a chilling calling card that suggests she’s just the first victim of a serial killer. And the FBI elect not to send one of their own. Instead they send a stranger to town—former Royal Marine turned mercenary, Grant Fletcher. And they’re giving him no choice. Find the killer. Because we know what you’ve done.
With the threat of the executioner’s chair hanging over him, Fletcher finds himself in an impossible situation—and a race against time. Catch a murderer whose killings are escalating with every day that passes. Or face certain death…
Here’s a sneak peak of the Prologue
Carl Friedrickson ignored the early reaches of the Wisconsin autumn cooling the morning air and sprinted towards the small duck pond that lay fifty yards from his front door. The rubber boots a half size too large made his wild dash ungainly. He didn’t even hear the squelches they were making as they moved on his feet. His entire focus was on the shape in the pond.
It was a shape he was more than familiar with. A shape he loved with all his heart. A shape he’d vowed to love, honor and cherish.
The cold water of the duck pond splashed up his legs unnoticed as he waded towards his wife, the now water-filled rubber boots heavy on his feet.
Carl could see Jane’s blonde hair fanned around her head. Could see there was no movement in her body. Could see no reaction to his panicked shouts.
If she’d been face up, he would have carried hope with him. She wasn’t. Her face was in the water, her back humped camel-like as her limbs hung down towards the pond’s bed. His brain was telling him he was too late to save her, though his heart didn’t believe what his mind was saying.
A duck swam past Jane, unaware or unconcerned by the human tragedy that had invaded its space.
Carl reached out a hand and snagged Jane’s coveralls. His fingers grasping the sodden material as he hauled her body towards him.
She didn’t respond to his touch. As he moved her limp body, a reddish stain remained in the spot where she’d been in the water. His back arched as he wound his arms around her and lifted her free of the pond. Her body was inert as he carried her to the nearest shore, unresponsive to his shaking movements or his pleas for her to speak to him.
He laid her on the grass he cut every Sunday and started to perform CPR. As his hands went to her chest he saw the blood on the front of her coveralls. It was centered round where her heart lay. The heart she’d told him was his for eternity. The heart whose beat he’d listened to so many times, his head on her chest.
It was when he saw the blood and the wide gash in her coveralls that Carl realized that which he could not change. Jane was gone. He couldn’t bring her back. Nobody could.
His first tear fell as he reached down to close her eyes and smooth the hair away from her face. Carl didn’t notice the tremble in his fingers nor the peaceful expression Jane wore. Grief had turned to anger. To unbridled fury as he looked down upon her. The stab wound to her chest was bad enough to contemplate, but he’d remember the message carved into her forehead if he lived to be a thousand years old.
Oh my goodness, what a start to the book! I’m absolutely gripped already. Here’s what some readers have said about Final Second:
“I was already impressed with the first book, but this one was even better… For heart-stopping tension, danger and incredible action in this compelling book, as well as a thrilling conclusion, look no further, Final Second fits the bill.” Robin Loves Reading ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“What a brilliant story it is. I didn’t think the author could top the first one but OMG he blew this one out the park!!!!!… I’m already looking forward to the next book.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“My word. This tingled me from my head to my toes. I’m a firm believer in this new author and look forward to the next stunning surprise to come my way.” The Secret Book Sleuth ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The tale is fast moving and readers will need to set aside time to complete the book. It can cause insomnia! 5 stars.” Rosepoint Publishing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
If, like me, you can’t wait to read more you can buy Final Seconds here:
John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.
When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.
Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your new book, John. I’m sure it will be a big success.
Published by Bookouture on 23rd November. Now on preorder: Amazon: https://geni.us/B08GKRRPWHCover