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HE DIDN'T MEAN TO OVERHEAR ...but he did.

HE ONLY HEARD A FEW WORDS ... but he heard too much.

HE RAN ... but he was followed - a mistake that would turn thirteen-year-old Aaron Quinn's, and his beautiful, courageous, single mother, Ashley's, worlds upside down.

THE CLOCK STARTS TICKING ... when Aaron is stolen from his mother by a psychotic killer and thrust headlong into a dark underworld of armed robbery, prostitution, and death. Will Aaron lose his mind as he's forced to participate in a deadly crime spree and witness first-hand the horror of cold-blooded murder?

THE WALLS CLOSE IN ... on Ashley when she listens to a tape recording left on her pillow by the killer, giving her two choices:

1) Call the police and risk being responsible for her only child's death ...

2) Offer herself as a sacrifice in exchange for his life ...

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE HER?

©2011 John Avery (P)2013 John Avery

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Ridiculous and truly stupid characters wreck it...

The premise is great, two boys stumble into a gang of robbers, overhear plans for robberies and are discovered. They're on the run and only their wits can save them. Only they are nitwits. Their parents are nitwits. Turns out the bad guys are nitwits.

They don't call the police, no one does. At least not when it would make difference. The mother successfully escapes half naked, but is phoned by her the kidnappers and takes herself completely out of the story by going to a motel where they'll find her. No police. It turns out she's beautiful and they want to have sex with her!

One of the bad guys was a black man, a successful surgeon two years earllier who was wrongfully sued for malpractice and lost his license. Now he's full ghetto robbing banks and kidnapping kids. The book doesn't go any deeper than that with his character and that's was the final straw.

I am embarrassed I listened to this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Kept me guessing

I enjoyed this book very much. The narrator was great and the story was interesting from start to finish.