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

Ernie Lindsey
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Book Description

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*USA TODAY BESTSELLER*
#2 Kindle Best Seller on Amazon - Featured as a Kindle Daily Deal, February 2013

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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123 of 131 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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67 of 70 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Daily Deal...not such a great deal after all. February 3, 2013
By ruth777
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I bought this book because the reviews on the Kindle Daily Deal was so positive. This book centers around a mother whose children gets abducted and she has to play a game with the kidnappers to free them. I found the writing to be juvenile and reminiscent of a high school project and is astounded that it has been highly rated as it is. Maybe I expected more from my Kindle Daily Deals, but this was a disappointing book and I have to admit, I feel a bit duped. To me it felt that the author had a good concept but was unsure of how to properly take it from conceptualizing to a complete novel. Not one I will recommend to anyone.
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10 of 11 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious
A good paced thriller. Starts out right away engaging the reader and putting them into the hunt. Still not quite sure at the end where the husband came from. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by jeff crimmel
3.0 out of 5 stars OK what was the game again
I just finished reading this book and don't even remember what it was about. It wasn't a bad book, I think I would have remembered that. It just wasn't memorable.
Published 2 days ago by valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading
This book took me on a roller coaster ride right from the start. The pace never let up. Excellent read.
Published 3 days ago by surfcitygal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Good book kept me glued the hole time very interesting love loved it wasn't disappointed at all well worth the read
Published 5 days ago by kimberly frum
4.0 out of 5 stars Great premise
This book had unbelievable potential. I just needed more. More game, more character development, more motive, more believable bad guys. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jus
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah
Whenever I read a subpar book after reading several excellent books, I feel let down and resentful. I know all books can't be knock your socks off five stars, and that I can't... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Pink Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
Wow this novel was an unexpected fast paced 5 star read. I actually had no idea what it was about when I started reading as it had been on my kindle for ages & I thought I would... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Maureen dollin
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
I have often been disappointed in reading unknown authors, but this is a book I found difficult to put down. Is it short or did I just read quickly?
Published 8 days ago by Karl F. Kuhn Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast reading action
This is the first book in a series. Sara, the main character is a very likable person who you will cheer for throughout the book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Anita Englebright
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great
This is the start of a series. Sara has been on her own since her husband disappeared and, in her efforts to make a life for herself and her three children, she has become a... Read more
Published 9 days ago by NewDiane
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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 five Mystery & Suspense novels and numerous short stories. When he's not writing, you can find him changing diapers, tackling the gigantic To Be Read list on his Kindle, or the never-ending stack of books in his office.

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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