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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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170 of 178 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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97 of 101 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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44 of 47 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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55 of 61 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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23 of 23 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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly Game
Why didn't she wait for the police when she finally found out where her children were instead of involving a young dtective who ended up dead. The whole thing was ridiculous.
Published 7 minutes ago by love books
4.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Michael Douglas and The Game!
A taut read that picks up on every parent's biggest fear - your children have gone missing. Just how far will you go to get them back? Definitely worth picking up!
Published 7 hours ago by Karen L. Abrahamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the book very much, wish the rest of the series was free.
Published 11 hours ago by Sandrafox
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Well written, entertaining. Would read a lot more of this author. Highly recommend him to you all. Go read now.
Published 18 hours ago by Myron G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sara s game book 1
I liked this book lot kept me wondering about what is next good job thanks for making a book worth reading
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too easy!
Too easy to spot the bad guy! It has a good story line but a too simple execution. Missed some great opportunities to develop a good scene. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Kidnapping game
Get past the first 20 pages of electronic game talk and the story picks up and moves like lightening. Exciting and interesting.
Published 2 days ago by virgi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara Winthrop series
My first book of this series to read and must say I liked it a lot. Definitely held my interest from beginning to end. Will go on to read more of her work.
Published 2 days ago by alice
5.0 out of 5 stars A woman has her three children abducted.
She gets a call from her twin daughter's school that they are missing, then she gets a call from her young son's school that he is missing. Read more
Published 2 days ago by tomterrific
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara's Game Book One I really enjoyed this book
Sara's Game Book One

I really enjoyed this book. Fast moving and couldn't put it down until I finished it. The characters were great and quite believable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Grandmamaw
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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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