I wish I trusted my instincts after the first eye rolling moment in this book, but I've read other books by this author so I thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. I shouldn't have, because it was just one ridiculous plot twist and unbelievable scene after another. Rather than being a mystery thriller--It is more like a comedy--Maybe they should get Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn for the movie version. Jake gets the crap beat out of him, knocked unconscious by a baseball bat to the head, then wakes up--Jumps through a window to escape, puts a band-aid on his forehead and he's fine? Hmm, okay. Well maybe I should have played a drinking game , and took a shot every time Jake tells the reader or another character about how much he loves Natalie. If I did, I'd be dead of alcohol poisoning half-way through this waste of time. My advice is to trust your gut the first time you have one of those "Aw, come on" moments. It doesn't get better, you'll just get more and more angry that you've wasted your time on this.
An author shouldn't just get to slide by with junk because they've had success in the past with good work, it's deceitful to the reader and it's a cheat to get their money.