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Child's Play [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Wallis
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Eight-year-old Garrett Morrow disappears from a class field trip in New Bern, North Carolina. Within days, his body is found and seven-year-old Tyler Sullivan vanishes from Beaufort, South Carolina. Journalist Abby Weaver is at first puzzled by the striking resemblance between the two boys. But when she realizes that both boys could be carbon copies of her son, Chris, Abby’s world is rocked right down to its core. Is this merely coincidence or could Chris be next?

In a race against time, Abby’s frantic search for the missing child leads her to piece together clues that point to a monster in their midst. The evil she uncovers threatens to destroy her family and even the community she loves.

Every parent’s nightmare comes to life in this terrifyingly-real follow-up to Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines.

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About the Author

Deborah Wallis lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband, Colonel Earl P. Wallis, USMC (Ret). Deborah's first novel, Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines, was published in 2010.

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: McBryde Publishing LLC (June 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DZE80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story July 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The underlying plot, dealing with the kidnapping and sale of young boys for criminal profit, is both intriguing and disturbing. When Abby Weaver inserts herself into a kidnapping case (largely because the kidnapped boy resembles her own), she seems little more than a concerned neighbor trying to help other parents. Soon the action begins to affect her and her family as the interconnections among the people around her are revealed.

Most of the novel's suspense comes from the multiple levels of antagonists involved in the pedophile ring, as well as a few surprises at the end for anyone who doesn't read carefully to pick up the clues. The beginning might strike some readers as a little slow--almost with the tone of an educational novel as Abby, a reporter who has written articles about pedophilia and pedophiles, educates her friend Fran about this dark side of their community--but after the first few chapters, the story clips along at a good pace.

One thing I like about "Child's Play" is the generally positive portrayal of police, FBI, and naval investigators as professionals. There are a few details that strain credulity, though, such as having the sheriff admit Abby to an active crime scene. Also, it's too coincidental for her gut feelings to turn out to be correct all the time, either putting her one step ahead of the investigators or carrying her into danger that she gets out of by dropping her "everywoman" character and temporarily acting like an action hero.

Despite these occasional character shifts, the individuals who inhabit these pages are more realistic than not. Abby has her good points and her bad points, as do most of the others, even the secondary characters; there are only a few who are flat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, quick read November 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book focuses on a ring of pedophiles and the sale of children. It was realistic and made you stop and think about how this type of thing could happen anywhere. Of course, Weaver is the heroine because it is a fictional story. It didn't seem realistic, but that's the point right? Escapism. I enjoyed the book. I always try and figure out the bad guys and I had them mostly figured out. I was surprised in the very end though....which I'm always glad for. Overall, I thought this was a fun, easy read. I enjoy this types of books because they can be picked up and put down frequently without losing track of where I am and I still remember what's going on. I would recommend this one to a friend.

I did receive a complimentary kindle copy in exchange for a review.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre November 12, 2011
By S Katsz
Format:Kindle Edition
The storyline of this book, while disturbing, was intriguing enough. However, I found it to be very predictable. I did not feel "lost" for not having read the first book in the series, although there were a few minor instances where things may have been clearer if I had read the first book--but no matter.

I found some of the scenes to be on the sit-com level, wanting to shake my head and say "Really? Is this supposed to be serious or am I supposed to laugh?" I realize that the book is for entertainment, but unrealistic behavior of the characters makes me lose interest. Throughout the book I felt it was juvenile writing, despite the subject matter.

There were several misspellings throughout the book, which gave me the impression of the author's carelessness, particularly "Yule Brenner" -- how disrespectful to not check the correct spelling of a famous person's name!

Ms. Wallis has potential and hopefully will grow as an author with each future book.

I did receive a complimentary copy for review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay July 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Child's Play was your standard crime mystery novel, an easy read that wasn't the most well written. It was entertaining enough for a mindless read, but the characters were fairly vanilla and the "villians" weren't difficult to figure out fairly quickly. Perhaps with another round of editing for character development, this book could have been much better. All that to say, if you're looking for a quick and mindless "beach read," this is a decent choice.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book as a reviewer through Amazon.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars RIPPED FROM TODAY'S HEADLINES January 13, 2013
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The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because while I felt it was a good story it was predictable. However even though I guessed the outcome and "who" it didn't detract from my enjoyment and I would recommend it to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Child's Play November 1, 2012
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I read this authors first book and loved it and just knew I would want to read this book also. Not only is it a quick read, but exciting and riveting and I just couldn't put it down! I would recommend it to anyone. My book club read it and just loved it also. This author is a wonderful story teller. I cannot wait until her next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Child's Play April 23, 2012
By rosenat
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Child's Play

This is a hard to put down story about a subject that makes us all cringe, pedophiles. Wallis does a great job bringing the characters to life. The book is a continuation of Sweet dreams and Flying Machines, but even if you haven't read the first book, you get involved right away. Great find of an author I had not read before.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Child's Play
Child's Play deals with the selling and exploitation and selling of young boys to pedophiles. With that said, journalist Abby Weaver's son resembles two boys that disappeared and... Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by grumpydan
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, but outstanding
I received a free copy of this book for review and must say that it is one of the better books I have read recently. Ms. Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by Basil Sands
5.0 out of 5 stars Childs Play - #1 book of the summer
I read the first book "Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines" when it first came out and I could not put it down. All that I looked for in a book and more. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by lfox
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read!
I received a free copy of this book to review and I'm glad I did! This book kept me riveted from the beginning. As a mother, the motivation of the protagonist was understandable. Read more
Published on August 5, 2011 by mlshands
3.0 out of 5 stars Child's Play Review
This book overall was a decent read. The subject matter and some of the subplots within this book, namely the sexual exploitation of young boys by pedophiles, were very disturbing. Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by James Mathis
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but could use a little work
Overall, the book was a good read. It was suspenseful, and there were a couple plot twists that I didn't see coming. Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read
"Child's Play" was an okay read for me. I can assure you as other reviewers have that the plot, the abduction of young boys by a ring of pediphiles, was disturbing however I did... Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by K Hardman
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