One cool April day, Mike Pritcher visits the home of his estranged wife, Lael, and takes their son, Ace, for an overnight outing. "She pushed her son's black-rimmed glasses up the slope of his thin nose. He jerked away like a puppy slipping its leash. A giggle, a crunch of gravel, a single wave of a grimy hand, and her only child was gone."
Gone - child snatched, though Lael won't realize that right away and won't understand what it means even when the police tell her it's a "domestic matter."
"You got the right to snatch him back," her lawyer explains. "That's about it." So that's what she sets out to do in this suspenseful, emotion-wrenching novel.
Have You Seen My Son? is Lael Pritcher's story, as she searches for her son throughout the Northwest, Canada and finally Mexico - an odyssey of near misses and sudden reversals, searing loneliness and unshakable love, as Lael reaches deep inside herself for a resourcefulness and strength she never knew existed. Combining intimate drama with powerful suspense, this is a story with which every woman - and every man - will identify.
©2014 Jack Olsen, Su Olsen, Evan Olsen (P)2015 Gregg Olsen
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
I liked "Have You Seen My Son" to a certain point. It was a good story told in first person but I felt it was drawn out with too much inconsequential information. Lael's son Ace has been kidnapped by his father and it seems the story was more about Lael and less about Ace. For the length of the story, it would have been much better had there been alternating chapters with Ace and his father as well as Lael and her lawyer, adding more depth to the overall finished book.
Adding another point of view would have made this journey much more intriguing and less monotonous for me. The story started out good and while it's morally wrong, it's sadly not always illegal to snatch your own child when there's no custody order in place. It should be. When a parent has temporary custody, said parent should be protected from this. And sadly, in many cases the victim parent's only recourse is to snatch the child back which in itself is illegal if the parent is caught trying to do so. Family law is tricky in this department and unfortunately it is considered a domestic dispute.
Overall, this was an interesting story but about halfway through it felt flat and one-sided for me. I wanted to hear more suspense and perhaps Mike's point of view as well as Ace. I would still recommend this audiobook. It's definitely not bad. Just a little lengthy with a single point of view.
Becket Royce did a terrific job narrating this book. She kept the story moving forward with great voice inflections. She's the reason I kept listening. I like her style and she's proven to be a very skilled voice actor. I would hope to hear more from both her and Jack Olsen in the future.
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Lael and Mike Pritcher are the parents of a five year old boy named Alex, but they call him Ace. Ace is a product of their eight year marriage.
Unfortunately Lael and Mike have been separated for the past four months. Lael has custody, but she encourages Mike to see Ace as much as possible. Despite their differences, Lael does not want to deprive Ace of the experience of having his father in his life.
Mike has always been self-centered. He never took Lael or her business seriously. Despite her success in owning and operating a flourishing organic herb farm, he has always referred to the farm as “her little hobby.” He belittled Lael constantly and even went as far as to call her “frigid” if she didn’t consent to having sex every night of the week. Mike cared only about himself and his aging mother who lives close-by and who is way too involved in her married son’s life. Mike is what you would call a “Mama’s Boy.”
Divorce between Lael and Mike was inevitable and when creating the Separation Agreement and the upcoming divorce, the two were able to come to amicable terms on every issue except one: the custody of their son.
When Mike realized that Lael would more than likely be awarded full custody of Ace in the divorce, he went crazy.
Lael thwarted an attempt by Mike to spirit Ace away and things between them calmed down for a few weeks. Then came every mother’s nightmare: Ace is kidnapped.
Lael was determined to get him back. She is a mother and she loves her child. Anyone who has ever given birth will understand the fierce feelings of protectiveness that mother’s feel for their children. (Yes, I know, fathers feel protective of their children too.) Mike was able to spirit Ace away and planned to never return.
As days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, Lael starts to wonder if maybe Ace is gone forever. But, she refuses to give up hope. She takes it upon herself to find her son and to bring him home where he belongs.
This audiobook is expertly narrated. Beckett Royce has a terrific voice and her pacing is sheer perfection. She is able to infuse her words with just the right amount of emotion and emphasis. She does not ‘over-act’ which is sometimes an issue with audiobook narration. I rate the narration of this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
As for the content of the audiobook I enjoyed it, but I did find that it felt a bit too drawn out at times. Some of the less dramatic scenes could have been eliminated. However, I believe that the author wrote it that way for a reason. I believe she wanted to convey to the reader that searching for a missing child is not easy and that there are days when the searcher despairs of ever finding her child alive.
This audiobook took multiple twists and turns. Listeners will alternately hope and despair along with Lael as she chases down every lead with relentless determination.
I would have liked to have had an epilogue at the end of the audiobook to neatly wrap up a few of the details, and it might have been interesting to have a few chapters written from Mike’s perspective to allow the listener some insight as to what he was thinking.
Overall I enjoyed this audiobook and I rate it as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Words: the neutron bombs of marriage.”
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
What can I say? I just really REALLY liked this book. I love the story of the desperate mother who will do anything to get her missing son back.
I found myself feeling for her every time she got close to cornering her ex-husband and her kidnapped son wanting it to be the end of her story with her getting her son back and her fugitive ex-husband going to jail. I can only imagine the anguish that a desperate mother must go through in something like this.
I loved the narrator as well. She did a fantastic job of relaying all of the emotions that this woman felt as she chased her son across the country and down into Mexico. There were really only two male voices; the ex-husband and the lawyer who was trying to help her, and Beckett Royce gave each of them a distinct, male sounding voice.
I love this book. I just wish I had listened to it earlier.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
Five year old Alexander,Ace to his mom, leaves with his dad for an overnight stay.The next morning comes and dad and Ace are long gone.This starts the long,drawn out story of one moms search for her missing son.While the story was good,it could have been more enjoyable shortened by an hour or two.
Becket Royce did a wonderful job narrating this book.
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I'm a fan of quality true crime and Jack Olsen fits that bill. I did not realize that this was fiction when I received it. It's not horrible, the female narrator is competent, but the story felt a bit forced and overly long (or perhaps I should say repetitious). If you're a fan of the true crime style, you might enjoy this. I found it competent, but not compelling.
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Have You Seen My Son is a simple story about a woman estranged from her husband, who abducts their 5 year old in a desperate attempt to flee because he knew he wouldn't get custody. The 10 hour story spans Lael's search for father and son through Canada and Mexico. The book singularly focuses on this kidnapping; If I wrote this story, I would have wound another mystery, as is common in most mystery.thriller stories.
I also did not enjoy the character of Lael (the mother. She seemed to sympathize with her husband (!?!) and was hyper vigilante at some times while casually attending to her gardensing business at other points in the book.
The most interesting aspect of the book was the imagery and abuse stories in Mexico. The least interesting part of the story was Lael's musings and defense of her jerk estranged husband.
I would not make this book into a movie as I'm sure it has been a Lifetime movie theme several times over.
Professional Actress and Audiobook Narrator. Lifetime Story Teller.
This novel takes you through the desperate flight of a mother trying to find her son stolen by her son's father. It keeps you on the edge of your seat at each close encounter and builds on a wonderful character arch that keeps you listening for more.
The narrator. Becket Royce, was wonderful to listen to. Her narration was perfectly spaced and has rich tones that are well suited to the ears. She truly brought each character to life adding in superb character inflection exactly when needed.
This book was given in exchange for an honest review.
Yes , (although I very rarely listen to books more than once. ) this one was so exciting .
no I have not heard Becket before , but she did a really good job.
there where a few situations where I laughed , and definately some where I cried, but most of the time I was really feeling for Lael's situation and the suspence was extreem .
I was so lucky to recieve this audiobook in return for an unbiased review.
This is the best book I have listened to this year!!
The story is every mothers/family's nightmare , the father decides to abduct their son, even though he already has unlimited access. the fact that the father doesn't take the son's astma seriously starts making the situation even more dangerous.
Right from the start this story grabs you and the suspence doesn't let go until the very last sentence. You really feel Lael's struggle and frustrations throughout.
really great narration by Becket Royce.
I can't reccomend this book enough, 5 well deserved stars from me.
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Considering this book was published in 1982, it should be seen as an example of the reasons we have new laws to protect children, even (especially) in the middle of custody battles.
Lael is very passive for a woman whose husband stole her asthmatic son in the middle of their divorce and custody proceedings. Of course, she does everything she can to get him back, which, at the time was very limited.
Because of that, the story seemed to lag a few times, her character making the story passive. However, you just can’t help pushing on as she does just to find out if she does get her son back. Having said that, you must understand that even though I found this a very passive story (not the heart-stopping thriller I thought it would be) there were a few times I gasped aloud. For an author to be able to do that makes it worth the listen.
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