Review #17: The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller by Andrew Kaufman

The most glaring thing about this book was that the story itself in no way matches the cheesy, but creepy, cover. The cover suggests a book that will be dark and a little f-ed up, but alas this was not to be. This book is ultimately a straightforward mystery thriller that I’ll probably have forgotten about in a few days.

Patrick Bannister is a 30-something year old reporter with some serious OCD issues. While attending his mother’s funeral he discovers a box of her stuff with some peculiar items in them. With a little investigating he realizes the items seem to be related somehow to the kidnapping of a 3 year old Texan boy in the ’70s. He decides to investigate this further to try and figure out how his mother and (state senator) uncle could have been involved in the boy’s disappearance.

Patrick heads off to small-town Texas and joins forces with a local reporter, CJ. They soon discover that someone is trying to cover up the disappearance and will go to any lengths to do so. Patrick and CJ find themselves pitted against this unknown person as they fight to solve the mystery AND stay alive.

Suffice it to say, I figured out the ending in the first two chapters, so it was just taking the ride to see how it would all play out. The best parts of the book are the flashbacks to Patrick’s childhood. His mother is a truly despicable person, to the point where she feels unbelievable. Sadly, we know from the news that parents like this do exist. I like also that Patrick did not come out of this horrible upbringing unscathed. He’s a character who is constantly struggling to keep himself together, and solving this mystery might be the way he finally gets this done.

Overall, a pretty decent thriller. Worth the $2.99 Kindle price on Amazon.