The author of Gun Lake and The Second Thief is back with a riveting tale of how buried mistakes can resurface at any time. Adventure Company entrepreneur Jake Rivers gets a call from the parents of a woman who has disappeared and was last seen with Alec, Jake's best friend from college. The girl's parents believe she is hiding out with Alec, but Jake hasn't heard from him in ten years. Jake's moved on from his college days, but the memories of what he's tried to forget--a friend's suicide, an enemy's mysterious disappearance--keep resurfacing. Someone wants to keep him from discovering what really happened.
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When most people are asked to describe college life for typical male young men, you would often bring to mind fraternity parties, college pranks, drinking, partying, drugs and short term relationships, even perhaps poor choices when it comes to studying and attending class. Often time, most people believe that this would be a check list of sorts for your average college student. When Travis Thrasher wrote Admission it was about that kind of experience. Where a group of rag tag men gathered together to have one anothers backs. If you mess with one, you messed with all of them. You have your teens that went there based on their parents money, so it wasn't a real serious thing for them. They went because it was something to do to pass the time instead of getting real job. For others, it was simply about trying to figure out where they fit into the world, what would come next after college, a half way point between leaving high school and making the jump into real life as a mature adult. One final hurrah before you had to get serious. But what happens when things go too far. When people take life into their hands as a seemingly innocent prank designed to scare and it gets too far out of hand. I guess it shows that even life's best laid plans don't always work out and sometimes you have to grow up and leave all that college stuff behind. As Jake Rivers attempts to remember what happened during Spring Break in college at Providence, he learns that not everyone is keen to rehash something that might be better off being unsaid and undiscussed. However 11 years later, Jake needs to put those nightmares to rest and with the incentive to help locate the missing daughter of a wealthy man who believes she has left with one of Jake's old college roommates Alec, he spends time piecing together where Alec ran off to and to regain the missing pieces of a dark memory that no one want to talk about. I received Admission from Travis Thrasher compliments of a self purchase as I have been a huge fan of all Travis Thrasher's novels and wanted to revisit some of his earlier novels. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own personal ones. This one reads like the movie, "I know what you did last summer," in which some terrible deed lays in the past that Jake has no memory of but has flashbacks of bits and pieces he can't make sense of. The novel toggles back between present day 2005 and 1994 where once again the author cloaks the mystery until the final pages of the book. While you know you could easily have wrapped it up sooner, the author conveys there is more that to this story than simply what Jake goes searching for and thus the reason for taking his time getting to what we all want to know. Well done again, Travis and in my mind, another 4.5 out of 5 stars.
It had been eleven years and Jake thought he had put his college years behind him until one day a stranger calls Jake to find his daughter. In order for Jake to find her, he must rekindle old friendships and dredge up the past, but someone is trying to stop him. As he reconnects with his old friends, he discovers who his old friends really were, especially on that fateful night eleven years ago that changed everything. The story flips from past to present as Jake remembers bits and pieces about his life and what he's become. He looks at his friends and how some have changed and how some are the same. Thrasher does an excellent job of tying the story together with suspense and discovery. A must read for anyone with a past that they'd like to forget, but long to remember! Edee Wilcox, author, If I'd Only Known...
In April 1994, college senior Jake Rivers awakens after a drinking binge covered in someone else's blood¿and he doesn't know why. His friends know, but they refuse to tell him. After graduation, the group disperses and Jake loses contact with his college friends. Fast forward to 2005. Claire Jelen, daughter of wealthy businessman Gregory Jelen, is missing. She was last seen with Alec Tristam, Jake's best friend in college. Gregory Jelen blackmails Jake into finding his daughter and Alec. Jake tracks down his old drinking buddies from college. As he continues his search for the elusive Alec, someone begins to stalk Jake. Verbal threats turn violent and eventually escalate into attempted murder. When the stalker threatens Jake's old college flame Alyssa, Jake must decide if finding the truth of that long-ago night is worth what it may cost him. Admission is written in a format that takes some getting used to. Odd numbered chapters are flashbacks to 1994 and are written in third person. Even numbers chapters are written in the present, 2005, and in first person point of view. This ping-pong style of writing is a bit difficult to follow in the first few chapters. But the story picks up steam as it goes and became difficult to put down until the end.