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An incredibly exciting book
on July 28, 2011
With the abduction of Ally Carpenter, a talented young Australian pianist by a gang of ruthless sociopaths, the lives of everyone associated with her--mother, friends, Ally's would be lover, and a secret father, will change forever.
No one could be more shocked than Ally, since she can't imagine why anyone would kidnap her for ransom. No one in her family has money, and certainly not any of her friends. But when the kidnapper tells her that she'll be released when she's paid for by a father she's never met, she realizes that her life has been a lie. Granted, a kindly one meant by a loving mother, but a lie all the same. And when Ally's mother and father finally meet again after twenty-six years of misunderstood separation, will they be able to work through their own personal heartbreaking past in time to save Ally?
Told from the perspectives of the people most affected by this crime, we quickly see that this kidnapping will compound everyone's lives, and before it's all over, choices made by two of the characters will mean that their secrets will cost them everything.
The characters are original and well-developed, the story gripping in its power to convince me of the danger to Ally's life. Lastly, I was convinced without a doubt, that the terrible secrets and painful truths these strong, stubborn women held were what was needed to eventually release Ally from her kidnappers. I'm pleased to say that the author didn't disappoint--right up to the exciting and very satisfying conclusion.
I highly recommend this book and I, for one, look forward to reading the the authors' next book, The Celibate Mouse, featuring Detective Sergeant Susan Prescott.
RP Dahlke, Kindle mystery author