When an 11-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn't waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces - he's related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.
Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim's family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.
©2014 Kendra Elliot (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I didn't really care for this story at all, it just seemed ramble on and on about nothing. A lot of blah blah blah....
The story was so very boring too. I got about half way through and just gave up and didn't finish it. Since my mom read this book I asked her who did it and what happened. Well, after she told me, I am glad I didn't waste anymore time, because she didn't tell me anything that would have made me wish I had finished it. No surprises, nothing.
I didn't care for the narration either. One or the other would have been better. Things seemed to get lost in translation. Maybe if Nick Podehl did all the male characters and Amy McFadden did all the female characters and they read it together it would have been much better, but they did not, so this is where we get lost in translation..
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***Not my typical read- no romance suspense like my typical MO.. , mystery audio book done with my favorite narrators***
I have to note that Nick Podehl was phenomenal in this book- the different voices in the book was unbelievably real, that you truly thought multiple readers were narrating!! Bravo Brilliance audio on the selection of Amy and Nick!!!
This wasn't may typical read, even thou I'm HUGE on romance suspense, this was not romance suspense. This was just a mystery suspense that kept me guessing thru the whole story. I really thought maybe Mason's partner was involved but the last person I thought would be who it was- without mentioning names.
The book was about a little girl that was kidnapped, and Mason our main character was the little girl's family. His son Jake is the little girls step-brother. Being a detective he wanted to be the voice of reason for the public to help find the little girl and help support the family. However, what Mason didn't know was he found himself smack right in the middle of a murder investigation that points him out as the murderer of an informant. Putting his issue aside knowing he didn't kill anyone, he focused on getting the little girl back.
The story leads you in all sorts of directions, on who was the kidnapper. But the twist of events putting him and his son in the spotlight was what I least expected. This was again was one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to, and kept me intrigued from Chapter 1. If you are looking for a mystery read than this one is for you.
I found this book by searching for books that Amy McFadden has narrated and I'm so glad I found it!!
Kendra Elliot just gets better and BETTER! In this one Detective Mason Callahan's life is unraveling right in front of his eyes ~ his son's step sister has been kidnapped, one of his confidential informants has come up dead....even the dog that's not his dog has dissapeared. And out of all the people who he thinks he could count on it's actually FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, a woman he's just met ~ but a woman he's drawn to in spite of his life spiraling out of his control.
Oh, what a wicked, wicked web Ms. Elliot has woven for us! LOL, I'm totally one of those people who looks for red herrings and guesses whodunnit all through my books, and she had me hopping in this one: and I had NO clue!! The plot is tight and intense, the characters are likable and believable ~ even Mason's ex wife & her whole scenario ~ just a great read for us suspense lovers!
As for the audio this one takes a different approach than most; with both a male and a female narrator, who switch up chapters. It took me a few chapters to get used to the rhythm, but it totally worked with this book and kept me riveted until the last second. Both narrators were very good!
Two readers and they take turns with the chapters. Two different voices for each character, depending on which reader you are listening to at the time. Amy McFadden's voice is not pleasant.
The story drags on with very little actual activity taking place. Yawn! I listened for two hours and that was enough.
Can't compare them. Why listen to a book you've already read? Dumb question. I listen when I'm not free to read.
Never a dull moment.
Nick was a natural, very relaxed, with believable characters. Amy was too stiff. Like someone trying to speak with a clipped accent. She needs to relax and let the story flow. Otherwise, she did good, with believable characters.
Put the world back in balance, whatever it takes.
This was a very good listen. It really helped the time fly while doing mundane tasks.
I read this audio book via Kindle Unlimited and Whisper Sync. What a total thrill ride this book turned out to be. It is exciting, thrilling and down right bone chilling! A little girl disappears. The police and the FBI are both called in. A prostitute turns up dead too. Read this book to see how everything adds up and how they all tie together.
This is my very first read by author Kendra Elliot. The plot is terrorizing. there is danger and intrigue and I couldn't walk away from my book! I was so impressed, I am starting on book 2 - Bridged. The narrators, Nick Podehl and Amy McFadden did a superb job on the delivery. It was so totally believable, like I was there watching the whole time! I love dual narrators! Great job all!
I was amazed. This book started out well. But then it started to lag and all of of that explicit sex going on and on. I thought that this book was a mystery of kidnapping and intrigue. Try keeping the sex in the type of book designated for this brand of sex play. Thank you.
Great performance and storyline. Never got too complicated nor boring. Loved both narrators. This is my first book hearing Nick and he was awesome. Amy is great too. (Though she has a tendency to give Spanish people an accent, which I think is not necessary.)
"A great listen"
I enjoyed the lead up too the main characters and the romance side of the story. The tale it's self had good suspense.
I think it must be the twists and turns
I enjoyed all off it and could nit choose if pushed it would be the function off her twinsister
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Nothing too add but I enjoyed the book.
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"A solid, well researched story"
Mason Callahan, a Detective with the Oregon State Police, is working with the FBI’s Special Agent Ava McLane in a chilling case of child abduction. The child in question is the step daughter of Mason’s ex wife. It was very interesting to learn how the FBI react to and treat child abduction. It’s given top priority and their CARD (Child Abduction Rapid Deployment) Team are immediately sent out to assist the local police force with their expertise in this most emotional and terrifying crime.
Running alongside and interwoven is the brutal murder of Josie, Mason’s confidential informant. Those two combined factors make this mystery/thriller lean more towards the psychological and as Mason’s life quickly spirals out of control he realises someone has it in for him…but he doesn’t know who or why.
Mason and Ava are both dedicated and committed to their respective jobs and I like that their personal story doesn’t overshadow and take over the main focus of the story. There’s quite a large cast of characters who are all given enough consideration to make them real and substantial. Mason and Ava have depth and the character development is so good, it’s impossible not to like, and be drawn to, them. Mason intrigued me with his cowboy hat and boots and the emotions he kept in well in check.
'Under that ‘by the book’ cowboy was a gentleman with a big heart'
The suspense and tensions are played out skillfully, an intricate, involved and very conceivable storyline kept me absorbed and entertained throughout. The writing expresses perfectly the drama, sadness and feelings of utter helplessness and the emotional content is powerful. The past and present are interwoven culminating in a tense and moving finale. I couldn’t help but be a little sorry for the culprit and his sad life.
A solid, well researched story. I look forward to Mason Callahan #2
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