Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Review - Abducted

After solving the Mayor's murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in Las Playas, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right.

But then everything starts going wrong. Slow to recover from an injury, her ex-husband, Nick, begins pulling away just as they were starting to get close again. Meanwhile, when Joe's wife lands in the hospital with a mysterious illness, their baby is kidnapped. As Carly chases down every lead in a dangerous search to find the baby, her newfound faith is pushed to it's limits.

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her years of experience on the foce lend authenticity to her stories.

I have always enjoyed a good mystery book and this story does not disappoint. I have found myself pulling more and more away from the main-stream mysteries because of the gore and sexuality in most of the books. "Abducted" was a wonderful story without all that stuff.

This story had lots of twists and turns and just when I thought I had it figured out, something new would happen to pull me into the mystery of the story again. I really liked how the author wove the faith of Carly and Nick into the story in a real way. They are new believers who are finding their way. They are not who they were and are still figuring out who they are. It was believable to those of us who remember those days of living our lives in a new way for the Lord.

I also liked the complexity of Nick and Carly's relationship. Divorced because of his infedelity, they are working toward a reconciliation, however, Nick's injury keeps him pushing Carly away. I kept wondering if I really wanted them to get together at times. I also liked the relationship between Carly and her room-mate, Andrea, who lives a wild life that Carly finds hard to accept. Because of Carly's faith, Andrea starts to turn on her because she thinks all Christian's are hypocrites and judgemental. The author delves deeper into this issue as the book goes on and it was very real.

The kidnapping of baby A.J. keeps you riveted to the book in hopes that he is found alive and healthy. So many twists and turns in the pursuit of the kidnapper keep you on the edge of your seat. There are also questions about loyalty within the department that are finally answered at the end of the book in a very dramatic way.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. If you like mysteries and/or police dramas with a touch of relationship thrown in, you'll love this book. I really enjoyed it  and it was one of those books I had a hard time putting down. I highly recommend it.

*This book was provided to me by Tyndale for my honest review

Blessings - Julie 

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