What would you do if your son went missing? How far would you go to get him back?
Michael Barton comes home to find his infant son gone. There is no trace of the kidnappers, and the police have no leads. Michael is driven by a promise and he will not stop. Detective Jason Strong led the task force to find Michael's son and has become his friend. But as Michael's darkness grows, Jason fears he may be the only one who can stop him. It is a race against time, as the detective tries to stop the events that will change everyone, before it's too late.
©2012 John C. Dalglish (P)2014 John C. Dalglish
Where’s My Son is a solid suspense that starts off introducing us to a nice couple that adopt a baby after three tragic miscarriages. They have a blissful life for 10 years until someone starts harassing the father claiming he stole the man's son. That someone is Michael who was a happily married and loving father until his three-month old son was kidnapped. When Michael's wife dies of cancer three years after the kidnapping, he promises her on her deathbed that he will find their son. The kidnapping changes Michael’s life and that of Detective Jason Strong who stay dedicated, even obsessed, with the case for 10 years.
The writer does a good job demonstrating Michael’s devastation and slow decline into madness. The pain of losing his son, and then his wife, is so heavy that you want him to take action and find out what happened to his son. However, on the other hand, you see how happy his son is with a loving family who has no idea that their son’s adoption was not “real” and that they were the victims of a baby scam.
Rich McVicar's narration really brought the characters to life, completely drawing me into the story. He seamlessly switches between genders and characters with ease. Simply put Where’s My Son was a great listen and I definitely recommend it.
The story of Where's My Son starts and ends with with a bang! Seriously sad and really pulls on the heart strings as a mother. This book is a series about Detective Jason Strong, but is written and follows the victim and bad guy, not through the eyes of the great Detective Strong. I loved that aspect of the book, following the people involved in the case instead of vice versa.
The book starts with Michael and Tammy Barton having a baby. Baby Christian is taking a nap in his crib while mom Tammy follows suite with a nap on the sofa, while Michael is at work. When Michael returns home from work, he finds Tammy napping on the sofa and goes to check on Christian...he's gone! Wake up Tammy! Where is my son?! Meanwhile Wade and Katie Duncan are expecting their first child. Katie goes into labor at 6 months into her pregnancy. The baby doesn't make it. This was their third child lost, what do they do now?
Let me just start by saying WOW! I have mixed emotions about the story. I loved the writing style, and the characters, but I'm not sure about how the case went down. It is believable, that's not it. I even felt the rage and owned my feelings on revenge! I just didn't feel like Michael got what he deserved...justice. He was a tad overboard with his methods, but can you blame the man! He went through a lot since his son was kidnapped, and he needed closure, hell I needed closure! I was so involved in the story that I wanted to punch Wade in the face for being a lying sack of poop about what he really knew! Wade also withheld a lot of details from not only the police but from his wife! I think this book is a great start to a new series, and I can't wait to dig into the next one! If you love Detective stories Det. Jason Strong is one for your TBR list!
Rich McVicar narrates the first book in a new series, Where's My Son. I enjoyed Rich's voice as a narrator, but when it came to unloading intense emotional dialogue I feel like he fell short. If you are going to narrate a book, there are two ways: 1) Just straight up read it! and 2) Act it out. The narration to me sounded like Rich didn't know which to do, and tried both. I have a saying for this but I will refrain from using it... Rich would have fared a better review from me if he would have just read the book. Like I said, I did enjoy his tone of voice, and how he delivered most of the story. I'm giving Rich 3 stars, and crossing my fingers his performance improves in the future.
I listen to audiobooks on car trips and this on made the time pass so quickly! The rhythm of the storyline and the narrator combined to make this flow through my mind like a great movie.
The author, did a great job transitioning between character and time sets, portraying the same incident from two different character points of views.. He was able to take the reader between times and places in such a way that I never felt lost or had the feeling of "wait did I miss something" that happens so often in this style of novel. I must say that this style usually does not flow well in Audiobook form for me but in this case it came together perfectly! Equal credit must go to Rich McVicar the narrator. The skill in his narration is most apparent in the successful character/time transistions.
I have not listened to any of Rich McVicar's other performances, but will be certain to now!
The perfect road trip story!
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from in return for my candid review. I really enjoyed how everything came together at the end. And this wasn't a neat and clean ending either, but one to leave you pondering a bit afterwards.
Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!
Yes, fast paced, can be finished in one sitting (or a long drive listen).
The most memorable for me was the ending, and not wanting to give too much away, when Det. Strong decided it was best to let sleeping dogs lie and did the right thing.
Yes, he did a very good job. His voice is clear and strong. He changed the pitch for the females, sometimes just using slight accents in other cases. He managed to do this without being over the top. I think his overall style of narrating this book was a little sing songy, given the gravity of the situation. His did not make me feel the panic or urgency a parent would feel when their child was misssing.
Just a couple of things. The narrator (and author) had the good fortune (or misfortune, depending on how you want to look at it) of having a NICU nurse (me) reviewing this book.People say NICU (pronunciation nick u) long u with the accent on the first word. No one says NICU pronouncing the letters. Some may say "he's in neonatal intensive care" but rarely is unit tacked on to the end. The neonatologist would be the one to a tell parent their child had died, never the OB. EVER. The OB may be present, but he would never break that type of news to the parent.That being said, I guess this is not something the average person would know.Good listen overall.
Generally, I'm not into thriller mysteries, but this book was actually pretty good. Unlike other thrillers, it's hard to guess at the ending and I honestly did not see the character developments coming. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Michael's transformation into such a violent person took me by complete surprise and took me out of the moment and the rest of the book. The detective (who is suppose to be the main character?) hardly shows up at all and only impacts the plot at the very end. But I must say that the story was really good.
I found the narrator to be very good. He wasn't intrusive like some authors, pulling you out of the story by odd character choices. His inflections mimicked what I would have heard in my own head if I had read the book. His voice wasn't too low and his speed was relatively fast. A very good job.
A violent thriller, if you're into that sort of thing.
*I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.**
Suspenseful, exciting, enjoyable
I like Jason Strong in John Dalglish' s books. Him using some of the same characters in his books makes me feel like I know the character.
I likes Rich McVicar's narrating. He was an excited reader and enjoyed listening to him.
I did listen to this book from beginning to end all at once. I couldn't stop it at any point. Very suspenseful.
I couldn't wait to hear how this story was going to end. The ending was not at all how I thought it would end.This was a very good story. I plan on following this authors books.
I think i would have made the characters less sappy and the storyline a little more realistic.
Author John Dalglish did a fine job of weaving an interesting and gripping storyline. Narrator Rich McVicor was a great narrator for this story, with a clear strong voice and appropriate voice changes for different characters. I did not like the oversimplicfication and stereotyping of the characters,; grieving dad, dying wife, scared victims, etc.
Wheres my son was a gripping short story, worth the listening time.
Reading is supposed to be fun and relaxing, not stressful and demanding.
'Where's My Son?' ranks in at one of the good audiobooks I've listened to. It was a well thought out story with some really good unexpected plot twists.
One of my most memorable moments in 'Where's My Son?' is when Kate and Wade finally get the child they've always wanted. But how? And at what cost? And whose child?
This is the first performance by Rich McVicar that I've listened to but will listen to more of his performances in the future. I like his voice in this story.
I had a reaction of surprise in this story. It went in a completely different direction that I thought it would.
This was a great stay up late, exciting book.. I would love to see a series come out of it possibly built up around Detective Strong. This was a good thriller.I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
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