In Albany, New York, the governor's infant daughter disappears without a trace from her crib at the Executive Mansion. Hours later, newly divorced and down-and-out writer Jamie Carter is abducted from the streets of Manhattan. Jamie is whisked upstate, where she is forced by her captor, Don Bailino, a handsome, charismatic ex-war hero/successful businessman, to care for the kidnapped child in a plot to delay the execution of mobster Gino Cataldi - the sixth man to be put to death in six years by hardliner Governor Phillip Grand.
What prevails is a modern-day thriller about family ties, loyalty, murder, betrayal, and love that's told in deftly interweaving narratives that follow the police investigation of the missing Baby Grand, the bad guys who took her, and the woman who found the strength to protect her.
©2012 Dina Santorelli (P)2012 Dina Santorelli
A compelling story, interesting characters, terser plot and pacing, and a better reader/narrator.
Right now I'm listening to "The Ice Princess" by Camilla Lackberg. It's not a great book either - deadly dull and full of stilted dialog - but it's still more listenable than Baby Grand.
The narrator sounds exactly like the guy who does the Smucker's Jam commercials. His voice and cadence just didn't work for a crime thriller. At all.
All of the above.
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