Who’s Watching You?
By Gregor Pratt
Right out of the gate, a mystery is brewing. A woman having an illicit affair sees what seems like an obduction. Thus begins the page turning action and intrigue involving Jack and Maddie Gamble. The couple were instrumental in resolving a matter on Ebola Island a few years ago. Now they live a quiet life in New Zealand, with their children J.J. and Allison. Until Mattie goes missing. What they don’t know is all the routine traffic and safety cameras mounted throughout the country hold a secret. The dragon’s eye is watching.
She was supposed to arrive home for dinner. She teaches English to non-English speakers. The current group she is working with are Chinese. After several hours, Jack calls the police. Even though it has not been twenty-four hours, he knows something is wrong, The police are hesitant to start an investigation so soon, but Jack convinces them that something bad has happened. Their search will lead them to places they never imagined. Also, the police discover that the traffic cameras purchased from China are not just for safety, but are tracking every move of people of interest, including Maddie and her students. Thus, begins that cat and mouse chase to get Maddie home to her family.
She has the skills to take out criminals, but will she get the opportunity to use them? She is locked in a cargo container on a ship in the ocean with one of her students, Li Wei. It is him the bad guys are after, but they are not above killing or torturing Maddie as well. She has to figure out a way to save herself and Li Wei, but how can They escape from a moving ship?
This fast-paced novel pulled me in from the first pages. The characters are realistic and add to the richness of the story. Readers will feel Jack’s pain as he tries to reassure his young children. Maddie is a force to be reckoned with, but lack of food and exhaustion are taking their toll.
I could not put Dragon’s Eye down. The fast-paced action never stopped until the final pages. Pratt skillfully flips from the peril Mattie is in to the anxiety Jack is experiencing in his attempts to get her back. I loved this book.
This is the second book in the Jack and Maddy Gamble Series. The first is Ebola Island, which I cannot wait to read. Pratt is a new author. Lucky for readers, he decided to write after his successful career as a lawyer. He is currently working on the third book in the series, so keep an eye out for the publication date. But in the meantime, get both of his current books at your favorite bookseller.
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a complimentary review copy from publicist Maryglenn M. Warnock and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2023 Laura Hartman