First Shot by John Ryder @johnryder101 @bookouture #booksontour #bookreview


First Shot

TFI Friday!!!! And to celebrate why not treat yourself to the first in a new series!?! I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts of First Shot by John Ryder! And I’m excited to be sharing today with the fabulous Sharon Bairden over at Chapter In My Life!

Big thanks to the fabulous Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me to join the #BookOnTour fun and to Bookouture for my advanced copy of First Shot which I received through Netgalley… and I preordered a copy…

The Blurb

When girls go missing here, no one says a word…

Twenty-four-year-old Lila has disappeared without trace. It’s the kind of case that ex-military loner Grant Fletcher would normally be happy to take on—he will always seek justice if someone has the money to pay him. But this one he’s doing for free. This one’s personal.

Because Fletcher owes his life to Lila’s father. And Fletcher knows that returning Lila safe and sound is the only thing that matters to his wheelchair-bound friend.

She last called her father from a small town in rural Georgia. Arriving there, Fletcher’s feet barely touch the ground before he finds trouble. He also discovers that his friend’s daughter wasn’t the first girl to go missing there. Not the first by far.

Then the last person to have seen Lila before she disappeared is murdered. As an outsider, Fletcher becomes the local deputy’s only suspect, leaving him no choice but to go on the run. Because Fletcher knows someone’s abducting girls in this town. And he also knows he’s the only person who can find them…

Fans of high-octane action and unforgettable heroes like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and David Baldacci’s Amos Decker will love First Shot.

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What Did I Think?

Haaaaaaavvvvveee you met Grant? He’s your new go-to man…. missing daughter? He’s your man! Takes no sh!t from the jumped up yokels and knows how to defend himself….

I really took to Grant Fletcher the instant I met him. He’s a big boy who can handle himself both out on deployment in war torn zones but also in the small town close knit communities like Daversville. He’s not afraid to ruffle feathers but he knows where to draw the line….

As for Quadrado (mentally I’ve said that name several different ways but by the end she was Quadrado), she’s an interesting one. She’s not daft but she doesn’t trust easily and her relationship with Fletcher is not without bumps. But I liked her, she’s feisty! I can’t not mention the setting. The town of Daversville is a quirky one; you have to read First Shot to believe that but it’s a town stuck in what only can be described as an alternate world. It’s a strange one if I’m honest!

First Shot is a cracking thriller. I raced through desperate to know whether Fletcher found Lila and was she alive??! What was happening to the girls going missing in Daversville, the Bermuda Triangle of a town?? There is so much more I could say about this book but if I did, what’s the point in you reading it?? If you need a fast paced action thriller, then look no further! I’ll admit, this may not be my preferred genre but I seriously enjoyed the exhilarating ride!! I’ll be back Grant!!

Who Is John Ryder?

John Ryder

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.

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