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The Candidate's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Lea
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The plan is simple: kidnap the daughter of Senate candidate Richard McClaine, take the money and run. Nobody gets hurt, the kid goes home alive.

Twenty-two-year-old car thief Kelsey Money thinks it’s the worst idea Matt and his drug-fueled brother have ever come up with. But Matt’s the planner. He’s the one Kelsey has always depended on.

Then she discovers the part of the plan she wasn't told, that six-year-old Holly McClaine won't be found alive. So Kelsey makes a decision. Saving Holly means betraying Matt. It's a dangerous move. Especially when she realizes that Holly isn't the only one who's become expendable.

Across town, Elizabeth McClaine has no idea what her daughter was wearing when she disappeared. When Holly was born with Down syndrome and a cleft palate, Elizabeth placed her only child in the care of a nanny while she fought postpartum depression.

But when Holly is kidnapped and Elizabeth discovers the detective leading the hunt has already failed one kidnapped child, Elizabeth knows she cannot fail hers.

Now both women have twenty-four hours to find Holly. Because in twenty-five, she’ll be dead.

The Candidate's Daughter is a suspense thriller about love and loss, failure and redemption, about mothers and daughters, and the bonds between them.

Also available in Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Lending Library for Prime Members.

Warning: Some language may offend.

Editorial Reviews


"A thriller with heart." - Sara J. Henry, Anthony-award winning author of A COLD AND LONELY PLACE.

"Absolutely spellbinding ... completely unputdownable." - Karen Dionne, internationally published author of BOILING POINT  and FREEZING POINT.

"...a cinematically-imagined ending that would do any Hollywood Blockbuster proud." - IndieHeart reviewer, Jill Nojack.

From the Inside Flap

Twenty-two-year-old car thief, Kelsey Money, has always been one of the boys. She can take down guys bigger than herself in the ring, strip a car down to a bucket of bolts, and drive better than anyone she knows. Kelsey's solid, trustworthy, dependable.

But lately, something's changed.

Ever since Matt's drug-fueled brother, Lionel, came back on the scene, Kelsey feels like she's become something else - dispensable.

So when she discovers Matt's plan to kidnap the daughter of Senate candidate Richard McClaine isn't as straightforward as she thought, Kelsey makes a decision. It's a decision she knows she could regret.

But the consequences of that decision aren't as straightforward as she thought, either.

The Candidate's Daughter is a fast paced thriller of love and loss, failure and redemption, of mothers and daughters, and the bonds that hold them.

Also available in the Kindle Lending Library for Prime and Kindle Unlimited Members.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1824 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0473261758
  • Publisher: Brakelight Press (January 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well done debut August 11, 2013
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I've pretty much given up on self-pub books. Too much crap to wade through to find the few gems among them. However, when several people you know start talking about one, it may well be worth checking out. That's the case with The Candidate's Daughter.

There are scenes in this book that stretched my suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. Sadly, those scenes didn't do a whole lot to advance the plot and could have been handled better, or cut altogether, but they are short and passed quickly. And, while typos and inconsistent formatting don't bother me all that much, be prepared if they bother you; sadly, there are quite a few to trip over.

Okay, that's the negative stuff out of the way.

There are two main characters in this; Kelsey and Elizabeth. Ms Lea has a good grasp on Kelsey, not so much on Elizabeth, leastwise not in the beginning. The first chapter, from Kelsey's POV, hits the ground running and, throughout the book, Kelsey never slows down much. These are fairly well crafted chapters, hard hitting, fast, full of obstacles to over come and tension enough to snap a steel bolt. The second chapter introduces Elizabeth and Richard, the kidnapped girl's parents. The first few visits with Elizabeth, with or without Richard, are dense and plodding and a bit of a chore to wade through. However, Ms Lea shakes off her lethargy about a third of the way in and, while they never reach the pace of the Kelsey chapters, they do take on an important, character-arcing life of their own.

You know you've become wrapped up in a story when you start talking aloud to the characters: "Kelsey Kelsey Kelsey, you are not as stupid as you think. Matt is the stupid one, can't you see that?".
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An edge-of-the-seat novel you can't put down August 17, 2013
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I sat on the edge of my seat -- biting my nails to the quick -- and could not stop turning pages in this fast-paced, action-packed thriller! I seldom read this genre because, in my opinion, many thrillers are flat and lack human emotions. That's not the case with this book. The writing is excellent and the action scenes left me breathless, but my own emotions were often at the breaking point. The Candidate's Daughter is a touching story of love, with true-to-life characters that make you keep reading to learn what happens to all who came together in their search for justice.

My hat's off to the author: It takes a very special person to write a book like this, which I'm proud to recommend to my friends. The ending of The Candidate's Daughter packs a punch you won't soon forget!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vulgarities not needed! March 28, 2014
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Great story line and well written. The part that took my rating away was the vulgarity used in the story. It was not needed! Other than than I really appreciated the story line---the mother comes to grips with having a less than perfect daughter in societies eyes, the young lady who kidnaps the daughter comes to love the little girl and nothing will stop her from keeping a promise she made to her. These are the two the grabbed my heart.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific out-of-the-ordinary thriller February 20, 2014
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A terrific ticking-clock thriller. Unlike a lot of other such thrillers that tend to use technological gimmicks and stalwart heroes and black villains, The Candidates Daughter uses the human heart and ordinary characters, some more flawed than others, but all believable. The story revolves around the kidnapping of Holly McClaine, a young girl with Down's syndrome, the daughter of a senatorial candidate. Told between two alternating points of view – one from a street-life kidnapper, a young woman who develops an attachment to Holly and seeks to save her from her colleagues, and the other from Holly's damaged mother who must deal with her own issues – the story rockets along the rails of greed and love and, finally, redemption, with g-force twists and turns along the way. A great read, different and unique and touching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read June 1, 2013
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The Candidate's Daughter is an entertaining and well-written novel of suspense. It is fast-paced and keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Along with being an engaging suspense story, deeper themes run below the surface, adding an extra layer of richness.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast,furious and fabulous June 10, 2013
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A great story with a convincing set of characters and lots of action. The plot had me hooked from the start ... well it all went 'wrong' from the start and you HAVE to keep reading as one twist follows another. Catherine Lea writes well and fluently so that you can concentrate on the story. Her characters are clearly drawn... they could be people you know! I'm looking forward to her next novel ... though I'm not holding my breath - I haven't any left. Thanks for the exciting ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, didn't finish... November 22, 2014
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I am going to go out on a limb here, since many readers enjoyed this book. I found all the characters unpleasant and unsympathetic. I also found the constant use of the name Jesus as a swear word offensive, and I don't consider myself a conservative person. If one character used it, I would have thought the author was making a point about that character's ignorance. However, it was used by all the characters -criminals, senators, the press, men, women, etc., consistently throughout the first half of this book - I didn't read any further. Unnecessary and offensive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
A well-crafted story that kept me turning pages into the night. The characters are very interesting and I found myself totally caught up in their lives. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Maria Z.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Thriller
Published 10 days ago by Connie
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Tear Jerker
A fast read as tears roll down your face! I will read other books by this author for better understanding of others suffering.

Published 14 days ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding mystery
I could not put this down. Excellent character development. I could easily see this adapted to a movie. Fantastic to read more from this author
Published 17 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars following her lion
This has to be in one of my the top ten favorite books to have read from Amazon. I could not read it fast enough to know the outcome! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Albert Moser
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I haven't rend this yet
Published 25 days ago by R. A. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book was great, from being to end. The ending was so surprising, I did not see it coming. I will recommend this book to everyone and will be reading more of hero's!
Published 27 days ago by love to read
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching!!!
This is a good but sad book. Well not sad all the time. It's also funny. Kelsey will stop at nothing to get a kid back that she herself kidnapped. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Theresa Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Down's syndrome crimi
This is a very good book that really describes a child with Down's syndrome.
At the same time the story takes some good twists and keep you wondering
Published 1 month ago by O. Sommersted
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I was unable to put it down. I ignored things I was supposed to be doing because I had to see what would happen next. I had to see how things were resolved. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Kimbrough
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More About the Author

Catherine lives with one too many mice, and a fox terrier that thinks he owns the house. She has sold international satellite capacity, worked in IT recruitment, and run her own communications store.

When Catherine isn't writing, she's dog-wrangling, wrestling with technology, or going crazy trying to maintain control of the yard.

She also writes dark, gritty thrillers under the pen name C. J. Lea.

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