Pete Underwood was born normal but fell into abnormality. He’s a product of parental neglect, sexual abuse and a broken heart that pushed him into a physiological breakdown. A story of murder, torture and lost love and Pete determination to find the love he once possessed; even if it means discarding those who failed the test of loyalty. Truck-stops are his favorite hunting ground and rest stops the dumping grounds for those who fail his test of loyalty. Sexually abused from childhood then forced into a BDSM lifestyle early on, Pete escapes his latest captivity by doing the only thing he knew how to do; murder. Running from unknown authorities and suffering from reoccurring nightmares, Pete happens along an old timer truck driver who feels a connection to him. The two become friends until the old man dies forcing Pete again into a world alone. Decades of isolation can’t stop love from finding him. Together Pete and Lois start their life with no one questioning the past. Not long later Lois soon put demands on him that he can longer deal with and she too disappears. Suspicions rise as to the where about of his wife and under the watchful eye of the town’s only detective whose gut is telling him Pete killed Lois. Broken and alone again Jake arrives at the perfect point in his life. Jake promises to help him find the perfect Lois and introduces the loyalty test. Jake is a master in torture and submission from the renaissance age and together their victims are broken to their primitive core being to see if can be the new Lois. The two sadists continued their search for Lois but as each victim fails they become the pairs new toy to play with. Bodies start showing in 5 states and along Interstate 81. A crack FBI team is brought in but can’t seem to get that one step closer they need to be to stop the Interstate 81 killer. When the FBI loses one of their own to the killer a new cat and mouse game begins. While the newspapers are asking if anyone can stop the mad man, the head of the FBI task group is willing to do anytime to get his agent back alive. But will it be enough and in time?
Two serial killers on the hunt
The book starts with a word about the author which quotes Shawshank Redemption (fantastic movie). There are then a few reviews and acknowledgements. I believe this is the first of a few books, as it says that there will be multiple points of view. This first point of view is from one of two serial killers.
The story doesn’t start with one of these two men, instead starting with a woman’s broken past. A past that eventually leads her to prostitution at truck stops. This first chapter serves as an introduction into a man called Pete (one of the two killers of this book). You quickly learn that these two killers are friends of a sort and that one of the men is looking for his “Lois”. This search leads them to Christina. Shortly into the book, the point of view changes between multiple characters (Pete, Roy, Christina, etc) so I am not sure why the title refers just to Jake. The story quickly elevates to a cat and mouse game between the FBI and the killers. The pace of this book is fairly quick, and each chapter can contain multiple perspectives. Luckily, the author labels each perspective and the time of the event before starting the section. Overall, this is a fast pasted thriller novel that I would recommend to anyone looking for a gripping book.