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Jack felt the familiar burn of shame in his chest. Why do I keep doing thisthinking about her? It was so long ago, but I cant get what happened out of my head. I shouldnt let any of that junk define me, but I still do. Im driving in circles, caught in some loop that I cant break out of. I want to know why she abandoned mebut some things, I guess, Ill never know Handsome Jack felt the familiar burn of shame in his chest. Why do I keep doing this…thinking about her? It was so long ago, but I can’t get what happened out of my head. I shouldn’t let any of that junk define me, but I still do. I’m driving in circles, caught in some loop that I can’t break out of. I want to know why she abandoned me…but some things, I guess, I’ll never know… Handsome police officer Jack Stratton is the “hometown hero cop with a heart of gold.” Constant nightmares have forced him to seek answers about his rough childhood and the dark secrets hidden there. With Replacement by his side, Jack travels to Hope Falls to solve a murder that occurred before he was born. Everyone in the small town remembers the unsolved murder of Steven Ritter, but after 27 years, no one thought that someone would look into it—They don’t know Jack.


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Jack felt the familiar burn of shame in his chest. Why do I keep doing thisthinking about her? It was so long ago, but I cant get what happened out of my head. I shouldnt let any of that junk define me, but I still do. Im driving in circles, caught in some loop that I cant break out of. I want to know why she abandoned mebut some things, I guess, Ill never know Handsome Jack felt the familiar burn of shame in his chest. Why do I keep doing this…thinking about her? It was so long ago, but I can’t get what happened out of my head. I shouldn’t let any of that junk define me, but I still do. I’m driving in circles, caught in some loop that I can’t break out of. I want to know why she abandoned me…but some things, I guess, I’ll never know… Handsome police officer Jack Stratton is the “hometown hero cop with a heart of gold.” Constant nightmares have forced him to seek answers about his rough childhood and the dark secrets hidden there. With Replacement by his side, Jack travels to Hope Falls to solve a murder that occurred before he was born. Everyone in the small town remembers the unsolved murder of Steven Ritter, but after 27 years, no one thought that someone would look into it—They don’t know Jack.

30 review for Jack Knifed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: Jack seeks birth parents Mom mental institution What happened to dad? Getting used to style Like Jack and his assistant Enjoying series

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gloria ~ mzglorybe

    This has been my favorite of the first 4. I bought the set of 4 and finishing up the last one now. Just getting some thoughts down before I forget what I thought of each. In this second of the series, 8 years later, Jack and his sidekick, "Replacement" (I know, but it grows on you after awhile) go to his home town to visit his aging mother who has dementia. She was never a good mother to Jack but he is wondering about his biological parents, and needs some answers from her in her lucid moments. This has been my favorite of the first 4. I bought the set of 4 and finishing up the last one now. Just getting some thoughts down before I forget what I thought of each. In this second of the series, 8 years later, Jack and his sidekick, "Replacement" (I know, but it grows on you after awhile) go to his home town to visit his aging mother who has dementia. She was never a good mother to Jack but he is wondering about his biological parents, and needs some answers from her in her lucid moments. They get involved in an unsolved crime back in this small town Hope Falls, and get some questions answered in the process of solving the crime. You get to like the protagonists much more in this second installment. I'm looking forward to going on to book 3.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    Jack's Back! This is the second in the series. This one opens up about 8 years later. Jack is a detective, his dream achieved. This time jack wants to find out about his father and who he was. When he visits his mother in a mental hospital, she has dementia. She calls Jack..Steven. When he learns where is mother grew up, he gets in his Impala, along with Replacement, the girl you met in the first book, and goes to hope falls. So if you know Jack, he gets in trouble every where he goes, but this Jack's Back! This is the second in the series. This one opens up about 8 years later. Jack is a detective, his dream achieved. This time jack wants to find out about his father and who he was. When he visits his mother in a mental hospital, she has dementia. She calls Jack..Steven. When he learns where is mother grew up, he gets in his Impala, along with Replacement, the girl you met in the first book, and goes to hope falls. So if you know Jack, he gets in trouble every where he goes, but this time, he is going to find out the truths of his life..

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Another great installment! I love the mystery and the characters are great. This book can stand alone but I do recommend reading book 1 first so you can appreciate the characters more. I understand the epilogue is setting up the next book, but it just felt a little out of left field because we did not see her at all in this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Silk

    "Exciting and Captivating: This is the second book in this exciting mystery series and I was very anxious to read it after enjoying "Girl Jacked." I feel all jacked-up, so I moved on to this wonderful, intriguing thriller. Here there's more to learn about Jack's puzzling background. These novels are so well written and I can't put them down. I feel like a race horse running to read all these author's stories. Why? Because they are so darned good! Thank you Christopher Greyson, you've won me over!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Louise Pledge

    Oh, dear, I think I have become hooked on Jack Stratton! Darn, I have so many other books piled up waiting to be read but can't seem to quit this series! 😊 In the beginning, Jack finds out where his long-lost mother is and hopes to get reacquainted, find out why she "threw him away" and what his real name is. He many not have learned those things on this visit, but what he did learn blew him away and gave Christopher Greyson enough material for a whole book! Replacement is still by his side and Oh, dear, I think I have become hooked on Jack Stratton! Darn, I have so many other books piled up waiting to be read but can't seem to quit this series! 😊 In the beginning, Jack finds out where his long-lost mother is and hopes to get reacquainted, find out why she "threw him away" and what his real name is. He many not have learned those things on this visit, but what he did learn blew him away and gave Christopher Greyson enough material for a whole book! Replacement is still by his side and as delightful as ever. ❤️

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hite

    Emotional Jack Knifed revolves around Jack Stratton as he attempts to find the parents who abandoned him at age 7. Jack does not even know his birth name until he meets his mother Patty, an old prostitute who is now in a mental institution with a drug addiction. From Patty ,Jack learns that his father was murder at the age of 17. When Jack returns to her home town, to find out more about the murder, he opens up a whole new can of worms. Great read. Highly recommend but read Book 1 in series Emotional Jack Knifed revolves around Jack Stratton as he attempts to find the parents who abandoned him at age 7. Jack does not even know his birth name until he meets his mother Patty, an old prostitute who is now in a mental institution with a drug addiction. From Patty ,Jack learns that his father was murder at the age of 17. When Jack returns to her home town, to find out more about the murder, he opens up a whole new can of worms. Great read. Highly recommend but read Book 1 in series first.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mae Clair

    This book read like a breeze. I finished it in a little over a day and will definitely be looking for the others in the series. Cop Jack Stratton, goes back to the hometown of his estranged mother and becomes embroiled in a murder mystery that occurred decades earlier. The fact the crime was/is personal to him puts a heightened emotional spin on the book. Great characters and wonderful pacing. Looking forward to more in the series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Able

    Great mystery series I've really enjoyed reading this series. I'm always anxious to get the next one after I finish one. Jack is a troubled soul who loves deep and will do anything to help, especially those he cares about.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd

    This series of mysteries features a policeman, Jack Stratton, in a small southern town. Jack is approximately 26 years old with ambition to become a detective. Jack receives unofficial help from his young female friend, Alice Campbell a.k.a. Replacement", who lives with him but she is not his girlfriend (somewhat strange, but true). Alice mostly provides Jack with technology assistance, but she also is a sounding board for his investigative ideas. In this case, Jack investigates the cold case This series of mysteries features a policeman, Jack Stratton, in a small southern town. Jack is approximately 26 years old with ambition to become a detective. Jack receives unofficial help from his young female friend, Alice Campbell a.k.a. “Replacement", who lives with him but she is not his girlfriend (somewhat strange, but true). Alice mostly provides Jack with technology assistance, but she also is a sounding board for his investigative ideas. In this case, Jack investigates the cold case murder of his biological father, who was killed before Jack was born. Jack discovers this cold case when he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen since he was 7 years old and placed in foster care. While Jack has no legal authority to investigate this case, he travels to another town where the murder occurred to look into the matter and as an extension of that investigation, connect with a father he never knew. While it is primarily a follow the clues case, Jack’s tense and emotional personality get him into trouble with the locals as well as the police. The clues are provided by interviews with people who knew his father and old newspaper stories. I would say this is primarily a character driven series as the primary characters, Jack and Alice, are well developed and not stereotypes. They are characters you can easily identify with and like.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex Shaikh

    I believe you can read the Jack Stratton series in any order but I have this thing that I have to read all the books in order. I already read "Girl Jacked - #1" and today I finished reading "Jack Knifed - #2". You can see my review on "Girl Jacked " on my Goodreads profile anyway, Jack Knifed book story starts with a call from a mental hospital where Jacks mother Patricia Cole is a patient. She wants to see her son. Patty suffers from early Alzheimers and according to her doctor has moments of I believe you can read the Jack Stratton series in any order but I have this thing that I have to read all the books in order. I already read "Girl Jacked - #1" and today I finished reading "Jack Knifed - #2". You can see my review on "Girl Jacked " on my Goodreads profile anyway, Jack Knifed book story starts with a call from a mental hospital where Jack’s mother Patricia Cole is a patient. She wants to see her son. Patty suffers from early Alzheimer’s and according to her doctor has moments of lucid when she remembers. Having Jack visit her, Patty begins to reveal her life and who Jack’s father was. Some of the clues don’t make sense at all. Another mystery for Jack Stratton!!! This is a really good book I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next one. Who would read it? Anyone who enjoys a good story, but it's not a complicated plot but does have the depth to the story so should keep you interested right to the end. I will be reading next novel name "Jacks are wild" by Mr. Greyson... Thank you to this amazing author, Christopher Greyson for writing an awesome novel series :D

  12. 5 out of 5

    Danny McSpadden

    even better than the first one. Realistic, great pace, does a great job of giving some but not to much info to fast. He's got a new fan that is for sure. I have actually finished the whole series, got my wife and daughter hooked on them to, in my opinion this is the best author I discovered in all of 2017, and I went through a BUNCH of them. His books are clean, incredibly entertaining, realistic. Not full of filthy language either. You can actually have the audible version playing and not have even better than the first one. Realistic, great pace, does a great job of giving some but not to much info to fast. He's got a new fan that is for sure. I have actually finished the whole series, got my wife and daughter hooked on them to, in my opinion this is the best author I discovered in all of 2017, and I went through a BUNCH of them. His books are clean, incredibly entertaining, realistic. Not full of filthy language either. You can actually have the audible version playing and not have to whirl and shoot your kindle because someones at the door. They are not to depressing either, which seems to be a new trend. There are some moments that have some powerful sorrowful events, but I never finished one without jumping straight into the next. The ups and downs sometimes were almost like a roller coaster, but I always felt good, walking on sunshine good :) when I got done. Wont lie these books are a perfect picture of real life, and in real life, you can get your heart broken in two sometimes. I don't want to give anything away, but I just loved this series, even if he did water my eyes a time or two.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley P

    Cristopher Greyson has a way with words. This book has so far been my favorite. It goes deeper into Jacks past in a way you wouldnt expect. Just when you thought you had it all figured out Greyson throws some curve balls. He introduces new characters and gets you thinking about who is responsible. Unfortunately there are some characters who I thought the book couldve did without. I guess those extra characters are there to link the pieces together for Jack. Unfortunately for some, the author keeps Cristopher Greyson has a way with words. This book has so far been my favorite. It goes deeper into Jack’s past in a way you wouldn’t expect. Just when you thought you had it all figured out Greyson throws some curve balls. He introduces new characters and gets you thinking about who is responsible. Unfortunately there are some characters who I thought the book could’ve did without. I guess those extra characters are there to link the pieces together for Jack. Unfortunately for some, the author keeps you guessing until the very end. There are no peeks into Jack’s mind that gives you a hint as to who the killer may be. It is unlike those predictable books/movies where you can guess the culprit from the get go. I laughed out loud a couple of times during this book. Definitely worth the read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog

    Jack hasn't seen his mother since she left him at a bus station when he was 7. He doesn't even know his real name, since his mother only called him horrible names. When Jack finds out his mother is in a mental hospital with early dementia he goes to visit hoping for answers, instead he gets more questions. Is his father dead? Who killed him? Can he find out? Replacement and Jack travel to Hope Falls to see if they can discover more about Jack's past. Another well done fast past and easy to read Jack hasn't seen his mother since she left him at a bus station when he was 7. He doesn't even know his real name, since his mother only called him horrible names. When Jack finds out his mother is in a mental hospital with early dementia he goes to visit hoping for answers, instead he gets more questions. Is his father dead? Who killed him? Can he find out? Replacement and Jack travel to Hope Falls to see if they can discover more about Jack's past. Another well done fast past and easy to read mystery by Greyson. I love Jack and the way he just finds trouble and replacement who seems to get in just as much trouble as Jack. Digging up your past is never easy and this might just prove harder than Jack thought.

  15. 5 out of 5

    D. E.

    A CG. Mystery Adventure Thriller (DJSMTSB - 2)/ A Murder/An Old Murder/ An Old Murder Someone Doesn't Want Solved CG. has. penned the second novel in the Back Stratton Series. JS. Is aware of an old murder that was committed years ago and until recently he had not thought of the event. Then, at a moment's notice, the details rushed back. JS. Was a young boy and he remembers some of the facts, but his curiosity gets the better of him and he heads for his old stomping grounds. He begins the search, A CG. Mystery Adventure Thriller (DJSMTSB - 2)/ A Murder/An Old Murder/ An Old Murder Someone Doesn't Want Solved CG. has. penned the second novel in the Back Stratton Series. JS. Is aware of an old murder that was committed years ago and until recently he had not thought of the event. Then, at a moment's notice, the details rushed back. JS. Was a young boy and he remembers some of the facts, but his curiosity gets the better of him and he heads for his old stomping grounds. He begins the search, but people he remembered as a child turn away from him and that's to bad. This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Tollefson

    First time I've read him, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a good story, well written, and - and this is a real surprise, as it appears to be self-published, originally as an e-book - really well edited and proofed! The main character is a cop with a background of having been abandoned at a young age and growing up in the foster system. He has a sidekick who also grew up in the foster system. I suspect their story is told in an earlier book, as there are references to prior events, but this First time I've read him, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a good story, well written, and - and this is a real surprise, as it appears to be self-published, originally as an e-book - really well edited and proofed! The main character is a cop with a background of having been abandoned at a young age and growing up in the foster system. He has a sidekick who also grew up in the foster system. I suspect their story is told in an earlier book, as there are references to prior events, but this one stood well enough on its own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa N

    Best one yet! This is my favorite Jack story by far. Since he was adopted and became a cop, I was hoping he would investigate his own beginnings. His fathers mystery was sad, but I stayed up way too late reading to find out the ending, so it was a definite page turner. I continue to love the growth of the supporting characters around him, Replacement has to keep him in check, love her!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    Jack will not let his parent's present be-lost in th'past. He will find the unexpected and meet his grandparents for the first time. Though Chandler has passed on, his 'replacement' has taken-up residence (almost literally) with Jack to help him fill-in gaps as to who his birth mom and dad really are/were. There seems to be a trend of solving a major murder case with 'collateral damage' along the way. We'll see if he survives the 'Jack of Wilds' episode....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pat Rathmann

    INTENSE AND SUSPENSEFUL DRAMA Jack has been troubled most of his life. No father and a mother who never showed love. He always felt a huge void in his life. Due to unforeseen circumstances, he follows a trail back to his mother's home town to solve an old murder mystery of a young man who he believes was his father. An intense drama while he digs through old town records and police reports

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Lenz

    Jack Stratton gets to face his past & learn more about his birth patent's and family in this installment. With many exciting twists and turns along the way, reading Christopher Grayson's Jack Stratton series is becoming addictive. Reading how Stratton navigates the waters of young adulthood; while juggling personal relationships & feelings; adds warmth, hard realities, and credibility of this most enjoyable series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debra Chiaro

    A thriller When our favorite hero Jack finally decides to find his birth Mom, he finds even more than he ever thought he would. Now he will find out the truth about his parents but it will take a lot of snooping and guess work while the clues add up. One thing he didn't bargain for was someone doesn't want that truth to come out and Jack might not make it out alive either.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    The daddy issues edition So this one goes into the daddy side after a weird visit to see his estranged mom. Not a bad idea, nicely wrapped up by the end and shows a different side of this story. I liked where this ended up and how it got there. Jack is still a mess, but at least he has a lot of answers and loose ends tied up.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Osborne

    Fun, unpredictable mystery This is a good mystery! The main character Jack is very likable and I really enjoyed reading about him. There were some surprises in the story which keeps interest. The mystery is original and the characters are strong. The action doesnt really stop until the ending. I recommend it! Fun, unpredictable mystery This is a good mystery! The main character Jack is very likable and I really enjoyed reading about him. There were some surprises in the story which keeps interest. The mystery is original and the characters are strong. The action doesn’t really stop until the ending. I recommend it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laur💫

    Loved it! Greyson did himself proud with this one! Intriguing and humorous with occasional tugs at the heart. The history of Jacks childhood and his parents unfold as he searches for answers...leading him on a quest and the epic search for information about his father and his fathers killer. Kudos for just great storytelling. A well deserved 5 stars! Loved it! Greyson did himself proud with this one! Intriguing and humorous with occasional tugs at the heart. The history of Jack’s childhood and his parents unfold as he searches for answers...leading him on a quest and the epic search for information about his father and his father’s killer. Kudos for just great storytelling. A well deserved 5 stars!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Surprisingly Good I was flicking through kindle looking for something quick and easy to read to pass the time and happened upon the stories about Jack Sutton and Replacement. Little did I know how great they'd turn out to be...captivating characters, great storyline and some neat twists. Do yourself a favor and get some of this guy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Hersh

    Another good one! You get to delve into Jack's past with this one! I loved seeing him grow and come to terms with some of his past and learn where he came from. Off to the next book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlene A. Lester

    On Vacation, Really? Being raised in the Foster care , Jack had vague memories of his mother. He vividly remembered the last time he saw her. That was when she said to Jim "you don't know jack" kid. Great book that you have to read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diane Cole

    GRIPPING i cannot get enough of Jack Stratton! The storied are exciting and keep you guessing until the very end. One if the best series i have ever had the pleasure of reading. i cannot wait to start the next one!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brent Jones

    It made me cry. Jack is so human. I love to read. Seldom have I ever been touched by a mystery. But this thriller is different and real. I come from a broken home, so I identify Jack.

  30. 4 out of 5

    PATRICIA M KARCHER

    Truly great!! A believable series. I feel for. Jack and Replacement. I don't want to use any spoilers. I strongly recommend the series of you like a thriller that you believe in.

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