CAPTURED by Neil Cross

CapturedCaptured by Neil Cross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first I thought this book was going to be a tear-jerker. It’s about a divorced man, living alone, who has just been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and has only weeks to live. Sounds totally bleak. But it isn’t that kind of book at all.

Kenny writes a list of people he feels he has wronged and decides to make things right before he dies, by apologizing to each of them. His list includes his ex-wife. My first surprise was the easy relationship Kenny has with his ex-wife and her new husband. The three are adults who have moved on and have no lingering bitter feelings or jealousy.

One of the people he wants to apologize to is a young boy he could have helped, but didn’t. A sin of omission no one is aware of except Kenny himself.

Then he tries to find Callie, the girl who was nice to him in grade school when no one else was. He discovers she is missing, possibly murdered, and begins an investigation to find her, or find the truth. As Kenny’s body begins to fail, his resolve hardens, and the mild, easy going fellow turns into an avenging angel of death.

Captured is an action driven novel. There is very little soul searching or second guessing, and no navel-gazing whatsoever. I like that. Action speaks louder than words, and we can understand what Kenny feels by watching what he does with his last hours on earth.

Worth reading – an unexpected treat.

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