Down on his luck, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a woman he meets at a local bar, but in the morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving behind clues to a decade-old mystery—her own abduction. Perplexed and driven by an unsettling need to see Claire again, Connor must solve the mystery of her disappearance and find her once and for all.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
This was an intensely thrilling, moving book. It not only took me along for the ride, it practically dragged me. Now, I don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling the book (it's kind of like the movie Inception. To fully review it would be to give away some of the secrets), so I'll do my best.
Now, when I first read the synopsis, I'll admit, I was skeptical. I like the show Cold Case, and I figured this would be a lot like it. A crime thriller about a cold case. Man, was I wrong. Finding Claire Fletcher was so much more than that. I was blown away with the way Ms. Regan handled the topic of child abduction and the feelings and emotions of those involved, which oftentimes is glossed over or barely mentioned. I felt like I was in the story, like Claire was my daughter, like I was the one who was kidnapped, like I was Connor, trying to find the truth. And it was more than just finding out whodunnit. It was about Claire finding her way back home.
All in all, the book was very well written and thought out, the suspense was simply amazing, and if I didn't know any better, I'd say this wasn't Ms. Regan's first book. I also give you fair warning here: this book will make you cry. It will break your heart. It will also make you laugh and believe that there is hope in the world. This is a very complex and wonderful book, so if you're just looking for some simple crime novel, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a wonderful, moving, thought-provoking crime/suspense/thriller novel? Look no further.
I cannot wait to see what Ms. Regan comes up with next.
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Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
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