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    Wonderfully written

    This was really good! I went into this book rather blindly having never read the author before and not seeing much about the book. I thought it looked like a rather good mystery so I jumped in and started reading. I didn't stop reading until I had reached the end of the book. It has been a long time since I wanted to read a whole book in a single sitting but that is exactly what I ended up doing with this story. I am so happy to have stumbled upon this wonderfully written mystery. This book grabbed me right away. You know from the very start that something bad is going to happen to Jamie's kids. When they disappear in the parking of the local Kmart, there aren't a lot of clues as to where they might may be. Jamie's aunt hires a private investigator who has a reputation for finding lost people, Alice Vega. Vega is determined to find the girls and will do what it takes to find them quickly. She enlists the help of a former cop turned private investigator, Cap. Vega and Cap have very different styles of investigating but they soon form a great team. Together they sort through clues and piece a trail back to the girls. I liked the characters in this story. Vega and Cap were both really interesting characters that ended up in their jobs for very different reasons. Vega was more than willing to cross over the line if that is what is was going to take to bring the girls home. She was tough and worked tirelessly. Cap seemed more like your normal good guy. He is a really good guy who puts his teen daughter first in his life. They were both really smart and have a lot of great instincts. There was a lot of excitement in this story. I was actually pretty nervous about what would happen a time or two in this story. I couldn't figure out how things would work out and just had to go along with Vega and Cap to find out. I didn't expect to have an emotional reaction to this story but as I read to the end of the story, I found myself with a broken heart. I would recommend this book to others. This was a very fast paced novel that was almost impossible to put down. I will definitely be reading more for this talented author in the future. I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Doubleday Books via First to Read.
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    Not Really Worth the Time

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Pro’s: good storyline with a twist you really don’t see coming. Con’s: Characters were developed, but nobody you wanted to connect with. One the main characters, Alice Vega, resembles a robot. It was made abundantly clear that she had no feelings for others, which makes it hard to care about her or her actions. Max Caplan was okay for a bit, then became absurd. He seemed to be sexually aroused at the most inappropriate times. The dialog was awful! Everything action, thought, feeling, etc. had a simile or a metaphor attached to it, and some were nonsensical. The writing appeared to be the hard-boiled detective of yore, leaning toward a more masculine audience.
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