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Summary

The first heart-stopping, enthralling serial-killer thriller in the million-copy best-selling Jack Ryder Mystery series. 

Ben is supposed to be in school. It's Monday morning, but his parents are still asleep after a night of heavy drinking. 

Ben waits patiently, even though he knows he is missing out on today's field trip to the zoo. But, when his black Labrador suddenly runs upstairs and comes down with a finger in his mouth, Ben knows he's not making it to school today at all. 

Detective Jack Ryder is chaperoning his kids' field trip when he gets the call from the head of the Cocoa Beach Police Department. A body has been found, and they need his help. 

Soon, Jack finds himself up against a killer, a predator who ruthlessly chases women and kills them so they can never leave him. The case soon causes serious consequences for him and his family once the truth is revealed. 

With her new hero, Jack Ryder, as a loving father and committed detective, a new location in tropical Florida, and a story that moves at an incredible pace, Hit the Road Jack is Willow Rose at the top of her game.

©2015 Willow Rose (P)2019 Willow Rose

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Great story, great characters, well read

A great story with a number of twists and turns. Great believable characters, great storyline. Very well read.

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Brilliant

I really loved this book. Great storyline and amazing characters. I highly recommend this series.
The narrator is pretty good too
❤️🤩😍😂☠️

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loved it

really enjoying this series, started on the wrong book but it's great to go back

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Hit play and enjoy

I enjoyed this book. It did take a little bit of getting use to the story because it jumped around in time and characters, so kept you on your toes but once I got use to it I enjoyed it and it did all come together in the end. There are a number of suspects and twist in the book and you have to concentrate to keep them straight. I liked the home life of the detective, especially the twins. The detective worked on three different cases and although they were all different it was interesting listening to the detective work out how they were sort of connected. Off to start the next book in the series.
Jack is called in on a case when a young boy and his dog finds his mother dead in the family home and his father still asleep in the bed next to her. Then there is a suicide apparently connected to the murder and Jack has more suspects to question. It is only after a house fire where another dead body is found that the sparks begin to fly because the body belongs to a man who shouldn't have been there and the lady of the house and her son is missing. Can Jack find out the connection between the deaths before someone he knows become the next target? Family life is important to Jack, what iwith being a single father but will the past come back to threaten his very furniture?
The narrator was good but I did speed up the narration because he built up the tension by dragging out the words and I found it better speeded up.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Eva Elizabeth
  • 09-05-20

Didn't Finish

I got codes for a few books in this series and I'm sorry, but I won't be continuing. I love a good murder mystery, but language and descriptive sex was too much content I didn't want.

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  • Donna
  • 06-11-19

Good story but terrible reader

The story line was intriguing and kept me listening but the reader was awful. His whining made me crazy!!

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  • barbara
  • 12-05-20

Hit the Road Jack

I am so happy I was given the opportunity to listen and be introduced to the Jack Ryder's series. I am definitely hooked! Jack is a great character and love how he comes alive in the story and am looking forward to reading/listening to the next book. The narration is perfect for Jack.

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  • DGK
  • 22-11-19

So disappointing

the storyline was very weak, the five year olds spoke like adults and the narrator was very difficult to listen to he was very boring and whiny sounding. I thought I would be able to get past it but sadly I never was able to I definitely cannot listen to another book by this narrator.

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  • Tammi Damm
  • 12-02-21

Surprised on who done it!

well written book and great story line. the narrative was a little bit over acted. but overall it was a good story. definitely will continue the story.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 28-12-20

Great Read

Hit the Road Jack (Jack Ryder #1) was a good read by Willow Rose. On Monday morning Ben should be in school but his parents are still asleep after a night of drinking a lot. Ben waits even though he knows that he’s going to miss the field trip to the zoo. But his dog runs up the stairs with a finger in his mouth. Detective Jack Ryder gets a call from the head of the Cocoa Beach Police Department while chaperoning his kids’ field trip. Jack finds himself chasing a killer who chases women and kills them, so they can’t leave him. Unfortunately his family gets caught in the crosshairs and some secrets get revealed. I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more in this series.

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  • Author, Lynda Rees
  • 19-08-20

LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS

I adored everything about this book. It was suspenseful and conflict ruled the game. I enjoyed the characters and found them relatable. It kept me guessing until the end. Audio was extremely well done, as well. I'm a fan!
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  • Jaclyn A. Sigmon
  • 25-07-20

Entertaining

I have become quite the fan of Willow Rose in a very short time. This was the second series I started, and while I really enjoyed the storyline and enjoy how her stories all slowly come full circle, the narrator was absolutely awful! So much so, that I won’t move on and finish this series as much as I really want to. It’s disappointing, but his voice and certain things he said really actually made this book less interesting in certain ways. I wish there was an option to change narrators and then I would be excited to listen to this series. I thought I could get used to it and just block it out, but I couldn’t and unfortunately will now be moving onto something else. I’ve seen now, other people posting about this same issue. Listen to the sample of the book and if it doesn’t bother you, jump into this series but be prepared!

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  • Sarswnsne1
  • 30-06-20

Loved it

I really enjoyed this book & ended up buying the whole series (so far). Characters really draw you into their lives & story moves with twists & turns. I received this book for free from the author for a honest review.

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  • Falmouth
  • 09-06-20

Great Detective story and murder mystery

Jack Ryder is a detective whose wife has left so he has a condo near his parents' small motel in Florida. He's trying to solve a spree of murders and missing people. The story moves back and forth between present time and the past, but it's easy to follow.

It's well written and suspenseful. I listened to the audio version. The narrator does a very good job. Each character has a unique voice.