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The Candidate's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Lea
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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: #4,115 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I stayed up late reading this August 13, 2013
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I really liked this book, and had to stay up late reading it. The characters were real, the story was good - and I truly wanted to see a bit of a different ending. I don't want to spoil the ending, read it yourself, but I would like to see another ending - and I think you might agree when you get to the ending. Will be looking for another from this author.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate mother bear to the rescue! June 9, 2013
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Good story, a race against the clock to save a loved one.
Plans gone awry, double crosses and, plenty of betrayals, will keep you glued till the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 days ago by K. Kimbrough
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 19 days ago by Mernlaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is the first book I have read by Catherine Lea. It was a very good read with strange twist and turns. I could hardly put it down. It has a very unexpected ending. Read more
Published 27 days ago by sandy cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I didn't want to put the book the down. Was surprised by the ending.
Published 1 month ago by Ruth Kaldahl
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, didn't finish...
I am going to go out on a limb here, since many readers enjoyed this book. I found all the characters unpleasant and unsympathetic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mimi's Mom
3.0 out of 5 stars It was slow to start with
the last 50 pages were exciting before that it was pretty slow. it was a little to graphic in places but overall it was a pretty good read.
Published 2 months ago by Penelope Curran
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice read.
Published 2 months ago by emac
4.0 out of 5 stars The candidates daughter. By Catherine lea
Lots of great characters and a twisting plot. You will love the candidates daughter as she is a special and unique little girl. A great read from Catherine lea and Amazon.
Published 2 months ago by betty finley
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read addressing many issues of today's world.
This fast moving story was hard to put down as it dealt with family values getting crushed by greed and over zealous political ambition while a special young girls life was at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by wanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I would definitely recommend this book. It kept my interest, and I really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Phyllis Dyche
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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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