Wednesday, June 20, 2018

#Review Red Rider by Gerrit Steenhagen #Giveaway

Date Published: April 1 2018


A grieving father – known to the reader only as Teacher – takes on a new identity after the brutal murder of his teenaged son. Masquerading as a substitute teacher, he tracks down the killer – a high school senior – and methodically builds a web to entrap him. Teacher does not desire simple justice or death for the killer; he wants the killer to endure what his son endured. But Teacher’s plan takes a life-shattering turn when he must save his son’s former girlfriend from the clutches of the brutal MS-13 gang.

A taut, suspenseful thriller, Red Rider explores the depths of revenge and the strength of human bonds.

A heart-wrenching read for anyone, but especially parents, and especially parents of boys. This is a story both heart-rendering and entertaining. The father who takes on a new identity as The Teacher is a father on a mission for justice for his murdered teenage son. Along with finding out a tip on who the killer is..which is why he takes his new profession, he also has to handle another twist in his personal life. The question is, how much can he handle before he loses it?
This is my first read by this author and I hope it isn't my last. I already love this genre of reads and this author gave a great example of why I enjoy this genre. Such talent in his writing. He has the unique skill of writing a story full of intrigue, mystery, heart, and entertainment all the while, making the reader wonder what is really happening and what is going to happen next?! The story was well-developed and realistic. This was also a quick read that can be read in a day or two. 


Her name was Girl Gonzalez-Gonzalez. She wore bandages from her forehead to her cheeks. She wore sweats that were cut unevenly into shorts. She wore a thin, unflattering T-shirt three sizes too big. She wore depleted shoes and mismatched socks. She lay on her stomach on the last section of carpet in her room. She copied a math equation from a high school textbook into a notebook under a desk lamp. She headed her paper: page 169, #26. She wrote the steps. She boxed her answer: 3.605.
She referenced the papers in her notebook. Each had the same heading, the exact equation, using a variety of steps to get 3.605 every time. She thumbed through the book in search of the answer key, every equation in the text completed, except page 169, #26.
The key listed 2.11 as the answer. She closed the book, Calculus II. There was a window where the desk used to be. She looked out above the rooftops at the liquor-store sign, scrolling winning lottery numbers, the weather, and time. Enough time passed to remove the bandages.
There was a closet where the bed used to be. A lock and chain secured the doors. She removed a key chain from her neck and unlocked the chain. Dried blood coated the inside edges of the doors.
In the closet she kept an extra set of clothes, a towel, a toothbrush and toothpaste, body soap, deodorant, a compact mirror, and a blanket. She exchanged the textbook, lamp, and notebook for the compact mirror, towel, and soap. She wrapped the chain around the closet handles and locked it. She tested the lock. It held. She slipped the keychain over her head. She put her fingers in the hole where the door knob used to be and pulled open the door.
Looking in the compact mirror, she pressed on the bandages. She twisted the
handles on the bathroom sink. There wasn’t water. She tried the kitchen sink.
There wasn’t water. She went into the garage. The wall was opened. Copper piping
was gone.

About the Author

Gerrit Steenhagen grew up in San Diego, California. He wrote, produced, and directed the indie drama If Tomorrow Comes. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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