CAPTIVATED By Jeffrey Deaver

A Colter Shaw Short Story


A unique investigator: Colter Shaw is a career ‘reward seeker’, making his living travelling the country and locating missing persons. So when a woman disappears, he quickly takes the case.

A missing woman: As he investigates, he suspects that she was fleeing a bad marriage, and he follows her trail to a secret retreat in Indiana.

A dangerous case: As events take one surprising turn after another, Shaw begins to wonder if there’s more to this mysterious woman than meets the eye.


I recently read The Never Game which was the first novel in the Colter Shaw series, and was then given this short story to read afterwards. So thought I would give it a read in between reading a bigger book.

This is a very short and sweet introduction to the main character Colter Shaw who recently started Mr Deaver’s new series.

Shaw was raised by a family who lived off the grid as survivalists, it taught him some valuable lessons as he was growing up, but not everything he knows is from his parents he put himself through college and studied law.

In this short story he is tasked with finding a woman who has gone missing, she is married to an older man and because the police haven’t gone into action. Shaw takes on the case. He is a type of bounty hunter but he doesn’t take every case, and he doesn’t want huge amounts of money just whatever is offered as a reward for finding the missing person. He even tells the husband that despite him looking for her if she is found by someone else finding her from the posters then that person should get the reward.

This is really just an introduction to Colter Shaw, if you like this then it’s definitely worth buying The Never Game which is a full length story and has a lot more depth to it, learning more about Shaw and how he works. If you’ve never read Jeffrey Deaver before and are looking for a new series then this series is definitely worth going for.

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ although it’s not a full novel it’s a taster of what’s to come. Having read The Never game and then this one it’s slightly harder to review this.

Thank you to #netgalley and #HarperCollinsUK for an eARC of this novella in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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