Review - The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons

The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons
Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
Series: Gibson Vaughn #1
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer / Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Date Read: September 11, 2019
Length: 400 pages / 11 hours 54 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Purchased
A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.
My Review

This was a very well done story.  I have had a copy of this book for years and finally decided to give it a try.  I am finding that I have overlooked a lot of great novels over the years and this book is one of them.  This book was able to grab me right away and I, along with everyone in the story, wanted to know what really happened to Suzanne.  I really enjoyed the time I spent listening to this story. 

14-year-old Suzanne Lombard disappeared ten years ago.  At the time, her father was a well-known senator but he is now the vice president and is currently running for president.  There was one surveillance video of Suzanne that surfaced shortly after she disappeared but nobody has seen her since.  Everyone wants to know what happened and where she is now.

Gibson Vaughn knew Suzanne when they were kids.  Gibson's father worked for Lombard and as a result, Gibson and Suzanna spent a lot of time together when they were children.  Gibson has his own issues from the past to deal with and is no longer on good terms with Lombard.  He decides to sign on with a group trying to finally get to the bottom of Suzanne's disappearance.  I liked Gibson a lot and had a good feeling that he would be able to find out what really happened. 

This was a very well thought out mystery.  Every piece of information that comes up could become important later in the story.  I really enjoyed seeing all of the pieces of the puzzle come together to show the full picture.  There is a lot going on in this story but I thought that it worked very well.  Everything really made sense and the story felt very possible.  I liked that the mystery was able to keep me guessing.  There were some pretty big surprises and some excitement that really kept the story moving forward. 

I thought that the narrator did a good job with the story.  Some of the voices that he used were very similar and I found that I really had to pay attention to determine who was speaking.  He had a very soothing voice that I found easy to listen to for hours at a time. 

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that it was a wonderfully layered and detailed mystery that was able to really make me think.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more from this author in the future. 

I received a digital review copy of this book from Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley and I purchased a copy of the audiobook.
About the Author

Matthew FitzSimmons was born in Illinois and grew up in London. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he taught English literature and theater at a private high school for more than a decade.


  1. Ooh this sounds really good. I do love a nicely done mystery. I haven't heard of this one!


  2. I didn't know about this one but the mystery looks good there

  3. I love a good mystery and this one sounds like it would be a great one to try and figure out.

  4. It sounds like an interesting one :)

  5. It’s tricky sometimes when the voices aren’t distinctive enough. But it still sounds like a great read!

  6. Sounds like a great read.. my kinda book.

  7. Spooky! I don't think this one would be a good fit for me (I rarely read mysteries and thrillers), but I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. It's always hard when some of the narrator's voices sound the same, but a soothing voice is a bonus!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  8. Nice review! I haven't seen this one before.

  9. And now I want to know what happened to Suzanne! Probably not anything good since she's been missing for 10 years. I think I'll hunt up an audio copy. :)

  10. I really liked this one! In fact, I've followed Gibson Vaughn through several more adventures, thanks to NetGalley.

  11. This is the kind of thing I enjoy a lot I'm glad you were able to get to it now. That is so satisfying Fantastic review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  12. Ooh! Adding this to my TBR! Great review!

  13. Isn't it great to discover a book you enjoyed just sitting there waiting for you all this time? It's like winning the lottery. ;)


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