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.
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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!
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..
I enjoy reading -romance, mystery & paranormals. Some of my favorite audios are: Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Cat & Bones & JD Robb.
Definitely, there was not a lot of down time in this one. The characters were well written and interesting. The drama with the missing child just became too intense for me.
The narration was wonderful and the primary reason that I continued with the book.
If you enjoy thrillers, then I HIGHLY recommend this one. I had thought that this was a romance, but it is definitely not. I was too worried about the resolution to enjoy the book. I might listen to another by this author, just not about children in danger.
This was a great book, mystery, murder, family drama, sex, everything you could ask for. It was really two stories in one. Mason’s story and Ava’s story about her and her goof-ball twin, Jayne. There were some good secondary characters, Lucas, Lilian, Robin, Ray, Wells, Jake, and Schefte, who was a great guy one minute and a real jerk the next. Another reviewer on Amazon said she felt like the sex was just thrown in and I felt like that too for a while but when I looked at the overall story there was really no place in it for thoughts of sexual desire, not with all their energy focused on finding Henley, the missing 11 year old girl. When Ava and Mason left the hospital, after seeing Jayne, there was only anger and frustration being felt at that self-centered biotch Jayne, so the kiss in the parking lot and their desire for one another fit there perfectly. The sex scene was nicely written and they had their time together before it was back to the business of finding the missing girl. Over-all a really great read.
As to the narrators: They were just fabulous! I've listened to Ms. McFadden before and just love her but this was my first time listening to Mr. Podehl and he was awesome. I've never heard a man to a woman's voice so well while reading. I will definitely listen to him again.
I would definately try another book from Kendra Elliot, and Nick Podehl. Amy Mc Fadden would be better with a romance book than a mystery.
I definately like the dual narrator, however I think that a stronger female voice for the female narrator for this book would have been more effective.
I think it might be a romance novel disguised as a mystery, but the most painful aspect was the reading by Amy McFadden.
The next Jack Teacher novel, by Lee Child, or maybe another Chet and Bernie mystery by Spenser Quinn.
I am posting my review of the audio book version of this novel because I think the author is in part responsible for the painful experience I just suffered at the hand of Amy McFadden, the reader of this novel. I assume the author played a part in writing the words that allowed Amy McFadden to torture me. The author also probably played a part in choosing Amy McFadden to be the reader, and aside from the painful listening experience, the writing was a little bit weak. I don't think a female FBI agent would speak or think like an adolescent girl with no real life experiences. I paid for this audio book and I will be asking for a refund. I quit reading 2 hours into the book because the reader, at that point, seemed to be almost constantly drifting into and out of a voice that was filed with rising hysteria, an hysteria that was so uncomfortably realistic that it took me back to the worst memories of my childhood. Maybe you're immune to the feeling of nausea, revulsion and impending doom that I feel coming up in the back of my throat as I hear the unwarranted anxiety growing in this female reader's voice as it rapidly approaches true hysteria, but I simply can't stand hearing it, not even once, and I was subjected to a nearly constant repetition of this painful narrative device. I did not enjoy being tortured by this reader. Maybe I am being unfair to Kendra Elliot, but this unpleasant experience has me now considering limiting my audio book selections to books written by and read only by men. I may even avoid books who's author's use initials in lieu of a clearly male first name to hide their gender, and I may even start ignoring reviews written by women, or reviewers who seem to be trying to hide their gender identity. I am beginning to think that women really do think differently from men, and I don't think men are the ones with the problem. As you may have guessed, I also can't stand romance novels, especially those written by women where they feel the need to describe, in uncomfortable detail, exactly what they enjoy during a sexual experience with a man. Gag me with a maggot, which would be less unpleasant. I suspect Kendra Elliot has romance novel tendencies. I will never read another book narrated by Amy McFadden or written by Kendra Elliot.
The main character, the female FBI agent.
I don't mean to be unkind, I am just trying to protect unsuspecting readers from the painful experience I just endured for two hours.
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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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