Hayden Duke accepts a short term contract job for Marin
Design Engineering (MDE) in San Francisco. Before he signs
the contract, he learns that one of the employees has
committed suicide. This causes concern, but life is good
and his college buddy, Shane, referred him and will be his
supervisor. When Hayden sees the lifestyle in which Shane
lives, he wants more. However, shortly after Hayden starts
working on the project, Shane contacts him by e-mail and
sends a document to him with implicit instructions not to
open it nor tell anyone else he has it.
When Hayden calls Shane, he realizes that Shane is not
himself and rushes to his house. After a fight, Shane runs
out of the house, jumps in his car and speeds away. By the
time Hayden catches up to Shane, he's rigged a rope high on
a bridge and commits suicide right before Hayden's eyes.
His last words are that he's done something unforgivable
and must die.
The police suspect Hayden in Shane's death and that drugs
are involved. Hayden returns to his home to find that
someone has broken in and stolen his computer and other
electronic equipment. Soon after, he discovers that his
sweet contract is less than sweet, and there's more going
on at MDE than anyone might think.
When Shane's sister, Rebecca, arrives for his funeral,
Hayden realizes he's the only connection to Shane that
Rebecca. Hayden promises her he will find out what happened
to Shane because he knows Shane was not a drug user. Hayden
decides he doesn't want to work for MDE, but before he
meets with his boss, disaster strikes.
Another employee at MDE contacts Hayden and Rebecca to warn
them that they are not safe. Less than 24 hours later, this
man commits suicide, too. They are in danger, but Hayden
doesn't know anything that could get him killed. However,
someone knows that he has the documents Shane sent him and
that someone won't stop until all loose ends are tied up.
Simon Wood never disappoints. I figuratively
devoured his other two books and awaited WE ALL FALL DOWN
with equal excitement. This author has the gift of writing
thrilling and chilling stories that captures readers and
leads them through an intricately planned plot full of
truly nefarious antagonists with horrific goals. From the
shocking introduction to the rewarding completion, Wood's
storytelling is tremendous.
Hayden Duke is a young man on the fast track. He’s just
signed on with Marin Design Engineering to work on a very
high-level government project. But just before Hayden
started, one of MDE’s employees committed suicide. And
he’s not the only one. Is it the pressure? Or is there
some other connection? Has Hayden Duke just put himself on
the fast track to an early death?