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  • Where lost girls go

    I dont read fiction except for Deon Meyer's books. Where lost girls go was really as good as one can get. I would read all of this writer's books for I struggle to put this book down and that is what I want from everything I read. It has to grip my attention and keep me interested from start to finish.

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  • Great New Series

    TAKEN FROM HOME is a rousing start to a brand new mystery series featuring Detective Casey White. For years, Casey has dedicated her life to missing persons cold cases, spurred on by the unsolved kidnapping of her own daughter. A near fatal mistake she makes, due to overwhelming stress, forces her to take a leave of absence, so she travels to the Outer Banks in North Carolina for some rest and rejuvenation. It’s not all a pleasure trip, though. When Casey travels, she always takes her file detailing her search for her missing daughter and she brings that with her on this trip along with a long buried lead that was so unlikely she hadn’t pursued it until it was the last possible lead. As Casey drives into the Outer Banks area, she gets lost and comes across a young woman, naked and trying to escape the woods where Casey has gotten lost. Casey rushes her to the hospital, thinking the young woman was pregnant until her examination reveals she had recently given birth. Believing the discovery of the young woman may lead to a seriously deranged individual, Casey drives over to the beach just in time to see a recovery effort bringing the body of a young woman on shore from a burned out yacht. Casey gets pressed into service by the mayor as they are awaiting the arrival of a new detective and in dire need of someone to process the scene before the clues disappear with the tide.. Casey agrees to work the scene for the first day in order to gather information before it disappears and then plans to move forward with her own plans. As she is working the scene, the officers come across another young woman who has been shut in a closet and left for dead, complicating an already baffling case. As more facts emerge, Casey becomes more and more entangled in both cases while the district attorney tries to link the two cases together; something Casey and her counterpart, former Sheriff and now member of the Marine Patrol, Jerico question. Both Casey and Jerico are driven, law enforcement officers, each with their own complicated back story. As they work the two cases, they draw closer together in a relationship that hopefully, will continue to grow and develop as the series continues. The entire book is a series of roller coaster rides that will have the reader rushing through parts to learn what happens next, only to slow down for a breath and then go again. The pacing for the book is excellent, pulling the reader through at a good speed, but not so fast as to leave you breathless. The ending twist was not a surprise for me, but may be for others. Regardless, it was very satisfying with the one exception of one poor decision Casey made which felt a little contrived to set up the situation. It was not enough of a misstep to do any measurable harm to the book itself. I look forward to the next book in this series and think most readers who like police procedurals and series books will do well to start with this first book. My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Strong action thriller start to new series

    Taken from Home is the first book in a new series by author B.R. Spangler featuring detective Casey White. Fourteen years prior to the story, Casey White’s daughter has been abducted, never to be found again. When she notice a young pregnant girl stumbling in the middle of a road in a nightgown, having been kept captive for years, she can’t help thinking about her own tragedy. This feeling deepens when a body is discovered, and it appears a serial kidnapper / killer has been active in the area, sometimes keeping girls for years. And the possibility her daughter might be one of them is very real. This is a strong debut for a new series which reads more as action than police procedural, and should be taken as such. A bit of suspension of disbelief is required at the events and twists happening along the pages. Some of those events are pretty hard, and might be triggers to some sensitive readers, Casey White herself appears almost as a one woman army. The book is mostly written in the first person, from her point of view, reminding some of the Jack Reacher novels. However, contrary to the use of this literary device by Lee Child, we don’t really get any stream of consciousness, or even chain of thoughts, from Casey White. It wouldn’t be much different written in the third person (which is the case when the book switches to other POVs). As such, we don’t learn much about Casey White herself, nor her personality. For this first book, she’s a woman on a mission. It might change in further entries. An entertaining read if not taken too seriously. Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review.

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  • A fun read

    A intriguing police procedural whose lead Detective Casey White caught my eye. My first book by this author and I was found myself hooked to the story when a woman covered in blood rushed to Casey for help. Casey joined hands with the sheriff and started investigating when body count increased. Having read many police procedural in this year, I liked how the book was treated it had its usual unexpected twists with detailed subplots. Casey was etched well, her past was in shadows with a kidnapped child. I would love to know where the author went in the second book. Overall, a thrilling read.

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  • Where do lost girls go?!

    Where do lost girls go? Pick up book one in B.R. Spangler's Detective Casey White series and find out! I must say, I absolutely loved the pacing in this book. The short chapters make for a quick read, 362 pages of constant action! Get ready for an adrenaline rush! I was utterly engrossed in this story from page one hook, line, and sinker! // After being contacted by Noelle Holten at Bookouture about my interest in taking part in the Books-on-Tour blog tour for B.R. Spangler's "The Innocent Girls," my interest was peaked! The blurb sounded right up my alley and, turns out, it was book two in a series! So what did I do? I immediately ordered and started reading book one, "Where Lost Girls Go" (originally titled "Taken From Home"). Next, I'm diving right into book two! // As for book one, the path to the truth is finally illuminated for one detective who's been searching fourteen years for any trace of her stolen daughter. As luck would have it, Detective Casey White gets wrapped up in a case, or two, while on vacation, from there it's only a matter of time before connections are drawn. Alongside Jericho Flynn of the Marine Control, their techs, and the FBI, the race is on to save the lost girls. // I enjoyed the mostly first-person narrative and the snippets from the detective's past. The connection between Casey and Jericho was an added bonus that I hope continues through book two. While some may find themselves disgruntled at a few unanswered questions, I find myself intrigued and even more psyched up for the next installment! // Spangler's tale of kidnapping, serial killings, and sex trafficking paints a vivid account of heartache and suspense. His skillfully crafted story draws you in and keeps you desperately clinging to every word. I would recommend this book to crime thriller fans everywhere, the build-up is intense, and the ending is a twist that you'll never see coming! I absolutely loved "Where Lost Girls Go," and I hope you will too!

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