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Sara's Game: Book One (The Sara Winthrop Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ernie Lindsey
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Two years ago, Sara's husband left for the gym one morning...and never came back. His car was found. He wasn't. Unbelievably, the police report said, "No foul play suspected." There were a few unreliable sightings over the following months, but little else.

Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time.

And the note under her windshield wiper asks one foreboding question: Are you ready to play the game?


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177 of 185 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery...no. Drama...yes! October 4, 2012
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First I would like to say I am in no way paid to review this novel. I'm not a friend nor a family member. I downloaded it free and have chosen to give my honest opinion.

Sara's Game is just that a game where Sara the player has to rescue her children from a menacing entity (evil human). As I read this novel, I knew who the culprit was far sooner than the author thought was possible. There were no real shocks in this story. It was very easy to figure out, but the "game" was fun watch unfold.

There are areas of suspense and you truly do feel for Sara. But the constant repeating of words was a bit unnerving...for example, stupid, stupid, stupid I got it the first time. Granted the author wanted to make you aware of the stress going on in the scene, but that was described very well through the visual.

The story is well written and the author definitely pulls the in reader in...mystery? No. Drama? Yes. would I recommend this novel to a mystery reader? NO. I would recommend it to someone who likes to cheer for the underdog. A great drama with little in the way of mystery.
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, too many holes October 21, 2012
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This was a fast read. The plot moved quickly with all of the action taking place in a span of just over 12 hours.

The setting was well done, and as a main character Sara was strong and well developed. The other characters needed more depth to really bring them to life--especially those who were integral to the plot, like the missing husband Brian and the villain.

My big problem with this book was the total unbelievability of how the police acted. Three kids kidnapped, the mom missing and from the way this story read it was pretty much two detectives bumbling around on their own. One of those 2 detectives was more of a caricature than a character, although I don't remember it being it mentioned I picture him wearing a rumpled trench coat, ala Colombo. DJ was better drawn; he was more believable with the right level of concern and ability to sort through what was going on--right up until the end when his actions took a turn totally at odds with any police how-to manual. It was just too weird. I kept asking myself, "where is the Amber Alert? Why are they not getting the word out that these kids are missing???"

I liked the plot idea; the "game" was well thought out and made for an interesting storyline. For me, this book would have been so much better if the police just had not been involved at all if they weren't going to be doing anything believable. More time could have been spent on the loose ends of the other characters backgrounds and less time on the totally farcical way the police handled this kidnapping. That was too much of the book and made it a total miss in the end.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time February 18, 2013
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I am sorry I downloaded this book. The characters were not sufficiently developed. The main character lacked depth. On the plus side, if you liked the Wonder Woman TV series you will probably love this story.

As for the plot, it appears the author did very little research on police policy and procedure. Nothing about the behavior of the cops or the investigative process was even vaguely believable. I started wondering about half way through if the author even intended the book for an adult reader.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara's Game by Ernie Lindsey October 5, 2012
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Ok, now where do I start? Should I go with the fact that this story NEVER let me down. I was on a very emotional roller coaster with the things Sara was having to do. There was not too much pure laughter but with this story line the more subtle little good emotions were just the perfect touch.
I could also go on and on about her husband but I refuse to spoil that for any new readers. You just have to read it.
Then I could really go on about DJ and that portion just blew me away. I was not expecting that at all.
Ernie Lindsey is a new author to me as most of the books I am reading now are from "new to me" authors. I am finding that I am growing wiser about books as I grow older (disabled 62 yr old grandmother) and am so very grateful that you are able to offer inexpensive or even free books so that I am able to let everyone know how amazing you are as an author.
Thank you so much Ernie Lindsey.
I am telling every one I talk to and on this page that 'You all really do have to read books by this author'. You will love the story just as much as I did.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read October 8, 2012
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Just finished "Sara's Game" and it was a definite page turner from the first pages! I pretty much had the "bad guy" figured out quite early, but was still a great ride getting all the t's crossed and the i's dotted. This was an interesting thriller and I highly recommend it. My highest praise is that I WILL be buying more from this author.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable October 18, 2012
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To be honest I ended up skimming this book and then reading it. Why? Because as soon as the kids were missing I knew who did it. There were a lot of unanswered questions in this regarding the husband. His disappearance was pivotal but never fully explained (the reason I went back and fully read it but the answers were not there) nor was there an answer for the time frame following his disappearance. I gave it 3 stars because the concept was good it just wasn't well executed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I liked it more than I thought I would. This was either one of those Amazon had for $2.99 or less or part of the monthly 'free for Prime members.' Not sure which. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound
This is how I would describe this book. It was easy to narrow down to three who the bad guy would be but then to decide who... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara's Game: Book One
It was a very interesting book, it kept me on edge to see who was holding the hostages. And how Sara was going to safe them.
Published 1 day ago by Petra Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
It was a roller coaster of twists and turns with lots of crying. It kept me glued to it.. Wondering what's next?
Published 1 day ago by Megan Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 2 days ago by Prisjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book, I enjoyed it. Will read sequel
Published 3 days ago by Barb Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this series
Published 3 days ago by jerry morrow
2.0 out of 5 stars Only suspense is how something this bad got published
I was really looking forward to this book: suspense, drama and fairly likable characters. It started out suspenseful, and I was eager to keep reading. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jennifer S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!
Published 4 days ago by tami
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Very nice. Doesn't really drag. But predictable ending. Overall I enjoyed it very much though. Would like a series if the one guy hadn't died.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Ernie Lindsey grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, working on the family farm and reading, and has spent his life telling stories to anyone that will listen. He currently works as a freelance writer and is the author of ten Mystery & Suspense novels and numerous short stories. When he's not writing, you can find him chasing a toddler, feeding a toddler, or cleaning up after a toddler. He remembers non-toddler things, but they're flimsy, gauzy mysteries.

Ernie and his family live in Oregon, along with a multi-fingered Hemingway cat named Luna.

Head over to ErnieLindsey.com for more information, or join him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ErnieLindseyFiction.

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