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

Ernie Lindsey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (529 customer reviews)

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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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124 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery...no. Drama...yes! October 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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68 of 71 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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read October 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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40 of 46 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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6 of 6 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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Game Full of Holes December 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
A child's abduction is truly a parent's worst nightmare. Multiply that fear by three and you have what is supposedly the inciting incident behind the protagonist's crisis in "Sara's Game." The villain's driving motivation, however, starts two years prior when Sara'a husband goes out for his usual jog and never comes back. Although his unsolved disappearance and the broad daylight kidnapping of their three children are related, the multiplicity of contrivances that ensue are a stretch that will cause most mystery lovers to groan aloud in disbelief.

While the surveillance technology employed to make Sara paranoid at literally every turn is plausible, the ease with which the villain's assistant caves from guilt and confesses all makes one wonder why this person was ever recruited for the crime to begin with. Even the kidnapping plot seems a poor fit for the 21st century, especially in light of heightened security at schools.

Last but not least is the cliche of heroes and villains that suddenly have at their disposable a wide range of nifty skill sets to get them out of any circumstance - skill sets that are never introduced as being part of their academic or career background.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I loved this book very much!!!! I recommend this to everyone - I enjoyed every page by page it's a must read.
Published 5 hours ago by SoccerGirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Generally a good read
The story line is somewhat interesting, but there are some parts of the story that are implausible. However, the story of Sara and her race to save her children is somewhat... Read more
Published 2 days ago by airline reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
I could not put this book down! It keeps you captivated from the beginning and I would recommend it to all of my family and friends!
Published 12 days ago by erybo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It kept me guessing who was guilty
Published 12 days ago by Judith Quaintance
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 15 days ago by Carol Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars this was a different kind of book for me to read.
With not playing video games at all it was hard to follow but the action started right away and kept you reading.
Published 16 days ago by Dennis D. Piepkorn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Tense Game!
I received a copy of **Sara's Game** by *Ernie Lindsey* from NoiseTrade.com for which I "tipped the author".

Up until two years ago Sara had a very good life. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gabby Hayze
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Suspenseful Read
Sara's Game is a great book by an author that I have only recently become aware of. I don't get out many five star ratings but this book is certainly worthy of one. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable thrilling story
I could not put the book down, it kept me reading page after page. It was very fast paced, intriguing and had me guessing from start to finish. Read more
Published 28 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars More Twists and Turns Than a Jumbo Bag of Pretzels
Sara's Game was the second book by Lindsey that I read (White Mountain was the first) and it did not let me down. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jan Jacobs
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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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