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Another homicide has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, New York. In a cabin nestled deep in the woods, two male victims are discovered, both gunshot victims. One is deceased the other one is barely alive.

But it is not the murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, it is the identities of the two small children also found at the scene. One child is quickly identified, but the other, a young boy, remains a mystery. The only one with possible answers is the man who lays critically wounded and unconscious in the hospital, because the unidentified boy either cannot or will not speak.

What happened in that cabin that left one man dead and another barely hanging on?

©2017 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2018 Dawn Kopman Whidden

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Each Character is it's Own Mystery

This book is layered and nuanced. Most basically it is a 'Who done it', however untangling both the characters and even the setting is more complex and ultimately more rewarding in my opinion than puzzling out the 'Who done it'.

The narrator does a great job with the female voices, and even the gruff male voices, however she seems to have a problem with normal male voices and goes slightly nasal-ly. Otherwise the performance is good, and even passionate in the emotionally charged scenes. Even with the challenging voices, the narrator is still engaging enough to be immersive.

The action transfers from wilderness, to suburban, to downtown city. The action between these transitions is in itself thrilling but also organic as it switches back and forth. Another area where this book blurs the lines and my personal favorite focus of the book is the reasons for abnormal behavior such as prolonged exposure to negative conditions, chemical imbalances, obsessive need, physical injury, childhood environment, or mental condition. The book also points out how people who encounter these conditions from parents, to strangers, to emergency responders, to police to medical professionals must correctly identify and deal with each of these. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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It kept my attention

This is a sad story, and unfortunately our world is full of these kind of child abuse and kidnappings. Very emotional. I would prefer to skip the bad language.

The narrator did a good job.

I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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Intense!

This is an emotional story of kidnapping, child abuse, and murder. It is well written with a gripping story line and likable characters. Amy Deuchler did a great job narrating this book. I highly recommend Stolen, along with the entire series, to anyone who loves a good mystery. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Ripped from the Headlines

This is my second book in the series, as I have missed #2. This is a fast-paced novel that seems to be ripped from the headlines and can be a stand-alone; however having heard the 1st book did give me some background on some of the characters. The book deals with disturbing issues about child abuse and abduction and had me captivated from the get go. The story was easy to follow with twists and turns along the way. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Gripping, heart wrenching story

This is an amazing, intense story that grabs at your heart from the very beginning. It is a well written and narrated audiobook that weaves a heart wrenching tale of kidnaping, child abuse, murder and psychological trauma. The author and narrator manage to make you experience the emotions and visualize the horrible things that happened without been graphic. The narrator gave the characters individual voices and made their emotions feel real. Your heart breaks for the traumatized characters and you feel real anger twists the perpetrator. The detectives and their families easily endear you to them and you will become totally invested in all the characters lives. The story flows smoothly, has twist you don’t expect and will leave you both sad and happy at the end. I will look forward to listening to another audiobook in this series.

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great story

I just finished listening to this book. Great story. At first I wasn't sure about the narrator but once I got engrossed in the story it didn't matter. I will definitely have to listen to others in this series I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for my honest review.

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Twist Filled Thriller

From the beginning, this story grabs your attention and keeps you interested all the way through. In the first pages, there is a “half-dressed” boy running from a cabin in the woods – there are gunshots – several nine-one-one calls come into the police station, and two men are discovered one in the cabin, one just outside the cabin – one dead, one injured. That’s just page one.

A little girl about four or five years old is found in a back room of the cabin; an apparent kidnap victim. Her recovery foreshadows other twists to come. Throughout the story, you are never quite sure who the bad guy(s) are which keeps it interesting.

The protagonist, Marty, is a detective who is pulled into the case as well as into the life of the young boy found fleeing the scene of the shooting. Marty’s fiancé, Hope is a child psychiatrist who works with children who have been traumatized and is drawn to the situation while comforting the little girl and calming the young boy.

This book is the third in the Whitley & Keal Mystery Books series – and even though it is part of a series, it works well as a stand-alone. It does make me want to read the other books in the series.

I was disappointed in the narration of the audiobook by Amy Deuchler – almost enough that I didn’t want to continue listening. At the beginning, the narration was slow and deliberate – but in a way that seemed that the narrator was just learning to read as she spoke. Further into the book, after we had been introduced to several male characters, she seemed to run out of distinct male voices. One male voice sounded like Barney Rubble from the Flintstones. It was comical rather than realistic. But to give credit, there were times that I was lost in the story – not aware of the narrator as a narrator at all – which is a great compliment. Her characterization and voices for the main characters was good and was only a problem with the one-off characters.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, narration and all.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author/narrator/publisher.
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  • Sara
  • Vermont
  • 04-02-18

Good book!

Enjoyed this book a lot!
I also love this narrator.
She's great at getting a grasp on all her characters.

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Overall good, needed better editing.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

imo, this book needs better editing. Scene details / information are repeated over n over, which could've been kept concise. I kept losing track of which character was doing what and had to go back chapters to identify the characters. A better editing could've taken care of all that made it much more streamlined.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator did a good job. All the character voices were clear and there was no audio quality issue.

Was Stolen worth the listening time?

The overall story was good and worth thinking over. If you look past the editing issues I mentioned above, the book does keep you hooked, wanting to learn how it ends. A few plot points are quite predictable while others aren't. If you stick to it and finish the book, I think you will like it.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Heartwrenching

Would you consider the audio edition of Stolen to be better than the print version?

I'm not sure I would have wanted to read this. I probably would have cried all over the pages.

What other book might you compare Stolen to and why?

I also listened to book one in this series a while back. Once I started listening to this one it brought back the same type of feelings I remember from the first book. They were both highly emotional books I didn't want to put down. I had to know how the story ended.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I could tell she was trying to put a lot into her performance but for me she was overdoing it. The story didn't flow as easily as it would have if she hadn't been trying so hard.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me hurt for the all the children, for the brothers who lost the normal lives they could have had and for all the families who suffered losses. It was such an emotional book!

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • DubaiReader
  • 08-26-18

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave."

I think I can honestly say that this is the first series of crime novels that I've followed through with - mainly because I would read the second one so long after the first that I'd forgotten all the details. Thanks to the wonder of audiobooks, I've been able to work my way through this series in a more reasonable time frame and I'm enjoying getting to know more about these characters with each book.

Now, in book 3, the crime involves another murder, with two suspects and two young children of unknown identity. I don't think it would be a spoiler to mention that there is a pedophile involved, so this may not be suitable for some readers.
Untangling the identities of the children and the suspects makes for riveting listening and so I also managed to do quite a bit of ironing :)
I was happy to see that the narration was by Amy Deuchler, the same narrator as book 2. She does a good job with both male and female voices and spoke at a good pace.

I enjoyed the twisty nature of this novel and the ending was satisfying. It was a pleasure to reunite with the crime team of Marty Keal and Jean Whitley, plus Marty's fiance, Hope, whose insights into child psychiatry are fascinating. We also find Jean's daughter Bethany getting involved again, this time through her involvement with her boyfriend Dylan.

Book 4 next...

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  • nerak
  • 03-08-18

Fantastic story, great characters

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I feel very fortunate in that having received a free copy of Faceless (book 2) by the same author I was lucky enough to obtain this third novel free in return for my honest opinion.

Upon listening to Faceless I loved the characters the author created and I was looking into following up on them when I got the free copy of Stolen.

I was thrilled to find the same narrator reading the story and within minutes it felt like an extension to the previous novel. The characters are well drawn, sympathetic and interesting. Although it is probably better to read them in sequence as a series, they are perfectly good novels as standalone stories.

The author has a great talent for dealing with incredibly difficult subjects (warning for all this novel deals with child abduction and associated issues) and treating them sensitively and humanely. She is able to give even difficult characters a human side and I love this ability of hers.

There is no doubt in my mind now that Dawn Whiddon is going on my authors to look for list. One book can be a one off, but two shows skill and talent, I'm looking forward to the next instalment of Whitley and Keal.

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  • Emily
  • 03-03-18

Incredible

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Stolen is the third book in the Whitley & Keal series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Whereas Faceless (book #2) was more focused on Jean Whitley and her family, Stolen was more focused on Marty Keal and his family. I really liked the interaction between Marty and Hope, and even with the Captain and the lost child. Whidden has a real ability to create authentic characters that draw you into the plot and make you care.

The narrator, Amy Deuchler, is also an incredible fit for this series. While I prefer her narrating as Jean, I did like her narrating as Marty as well, and for the most part I did find it easy to differentiate the characters by the narrative.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 02-17-18

A 'must listen'!

I absolutely LOVE this series. So much so that having already read book 3, I have 'double downed' and listened to it as well. I feel a bit stymied because I gave book 2 a 5 star review and, if possible, this one is even better! The story is heart breaking, and worryingly happening in real life. In fact the numbers involved are mind boggling and it's so necessary that authors tackle these difficult subjects in their writing. The mystery is very cleverly written, but what I especially like is the back story behind the main players. In so many books today the people involved seem completely alone in the world; they seem to have no family, no friends, no one who cares about them. Not so in this series; we get to meet all the Keals and the Whitley family, Hope and her mother. It's heart warming and provides a very welcome foil for the sadness and horror that the mystery brings with it. This is a fabulous read and I loved every single minute of it. 5 stars and a 'must read' recommendation from me.