Eighteen months ago, Divinity Parker mysteriously disappeared from her school playground. Everyone, including the FBI, believes her to have been killed or trafficked. A resident of a Georgia town insists she knows where the missing girl is.
Though Forrest Spencer and his law colleagues are dubious about this claim, Divinity's mother tasks them with the identification and recovery of her daughter. They find the child alive and thriving. What troubles Spencer and his team is why Divinity, only one and a half years gone, wishes so vehemently to remain distant from her California home.
When the answer comes, the two criminal defense attorneys, the firm's private investigator and an FBI agent on leave grapple with issues well beyond their expertise. How can they perform their duty and still uphold the best interest of the child?
In Stolen Child, you will struggle along with Spencer and his group with the meaning of parenthood and with the question of who rightful parents are.
This is my favorite of the so far 3 Forest Spencer novels. In this book Forest acts more as a special advocate than a courtroom litigator. Though somewhat different this novel is the best! Part of the reason is the excellent writing, story, and narration. This book is also a little cleaner, though still has unnecessary sex. I have to complain just a little about the authors poor representation of Christianity and the foster care system - we all know there are bad/useless/lazy/crazy/etc churches, Christians, and foster parents. Unfortunately these seem to be the only ones represented in Mr. Neufeld novels. Even though I would like to see those improvements I still believe this is an excellent novel tackling a difficult topic in an entertaining way!
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As an educated native Georgian, the southern accent is absolutely atrocious. I've never heard anyone in Georgia speak like the artist portrays, much less an educated one