Fifty Mice by Daniel Pyne
Jay Johnson is enjoying his boring life when he is kidnapped on his way home from work and forced into the Witness Protection Program. The Marshalls who are detaining him are convinced that all of this is for his own good. He should be thrilled to have a new identity and to leave his old life behind for a new life (complete with a new family) on Catalina Island. There is one big problem. Jay doesn’t know why he’s in the program. As far as he knows he didn’t see anything important and no one will give him a clue about what they think he may have seen.
The book starts out as a study in absurdity and evolves into a thriller as well as a psychological study. We see the world through Jay’s eyes, and reside in his brain, and only know what he knows at the moment. It really makes you wonder how, put in a similar situation, you would convince people that you didn’t know what they thought you know. Sort of like those institutionalized my family members in the Victorian era – how do you convince others that you are not insane?
A different kind of thriller with a surprising twist ending.