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Amber Alert Paperback – November 11, 2016
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Dan's first novel, Deception, was recently named one of the best thriller novels of 2017 by the Novel Writing Festival. His fourth novel, Plum Springs, is forthcoming in May 2018.
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I AM MOSTLY HOME BOUND SO MY TIME IS SPENT READING --A LOT-- BEING ONLINE AND WATCHING NETFLIX STREAMING AND MOVIES BY MAIL.
I USED TO OWN BOOKSTORES YRS. AGO UNTIL MY HEALTH DICTATED I COULD NO LONGER WORK AND I WAS VERY LUCKY IN THAT I HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SEVERAL AUTHORS MANY WHO BECAME QUITE FAMOUS.THEY EVEN CAME TO FRANKLIN TO SIGN FOR ME ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS WHICH WAS QUITE A THRILL FOR MY CUSTOMERS.
I LOVE TO READ AND IN MY OPINION A GOOD AUTHOR IS ONE WHO WRITES A STORY THAT HAS YOU WONDERING WHAT IS GOING ON WITH SO AND SO WHEN YOU PUT THE BOOK DOWN AND ARE OFF DOING OTHER THINGS.AS IN I WONDER WHAT THIS CHARACTER IS DOING RIGHT NOW IS SHE/HE GOING TO FIX THINGS OR IS IT GOING TO GET WORSE ETC. ETC. ETC.
AND, AS A NEW AUTHOR DAN HAS NAILED IT.I EVEN LIED IN BED TO THE POINT I TURNED ON THE LAMP AND READ SOME MORE LOL.
DAN HAS IN MY HUMBLE OPINION A GREAT FUTURE IN THE BUSINESS I JUST HOPE HE REMEMBERS HIS ROOTS AND THE FANS WHO GOT HIM GOING ONCE HE BECOMES BIG TIME AS MANY AUTHORS DO NOT.IF I STILL HAD MY STORES I WOULD BE HOUNDING HIM TO MAKE A APPEARANCE TO SIGN.
JUST ONE THING DAN IF YOU READ THIS. PLEASE PLEASE FOR US TRADITIONAL OLD FARTS GET THE BOKS IN REAL PRINT AT A REASONABLE PRICE.I KNOW OF MANY WHO ONLY BORROW FROM THE LOCAL LIBRARY'S AS THEY CANNOT AFFORD THE OUTRAGEOUS PRICES THESE DAY'S. I SIMPLY WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE OUT LONG ENOUGH TO COME WAY DOWN.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK DAN. YOU KNOW EVERYONE HAS A --GOD-- GIVEN ABILITY BUT MOST GO ELSEWHERE AND END UP MISERABLE BUT IT SEEMS YOU FOUND YOURS.
GOD BLESS SEMPER FI
YOUR NEW FAN
First, Abby finds a letter that was placed in her mailbox. The envelope contains one piece of paper with the words ...FOUND YOU. Days later her 9-year-old daughter, Chloe, is abducted from a local shopping mall while her father was distracted by an old friend.
It's obvious that someone from Abby's past has taken the girl. But why? Abby knows .... but she's not telling. She's lived a lie for many years and although she wants her daughter back, she's not willing to let her secrets be known.
I enjoyed the storytelling. The reader knows from the beginning who took the girl. It didn't take a lot of imagination to know the why. He's not a pervert, his reasons go much deeper than that.
The character development was fine, although I thought that Chloe was way more adult than child. She didn't scream and cry for her mother or father. And when her captors presented her with a dog, she hugged both of them.
I did like that everything was fully explained and then some as the story was ending. This was the first I've read of this author's and while not thoroughly engrossed, the book did keep me interested enough to keep turning pages. I look forward to reading his other books.
1. The detectives. Hank and Melanie. Hank has many years of service under his belt but fails to get Kurt's employment information. He hears about it during a meeting the day after Chloe is taken. A child is missing and the senior detective doesn't think to ask where Mommy and Daddy work? Not one of the officers think to inquire, either. Doesn't make sense. Also, not knowing you're being followed is an indication that you're a rookie detective and does not make you look competent.
Melanie has a relationship with Hank's daughter, Bree, which apparently isn't strained by the fact that they aren't on speaking terms. It also adds nothing to the story. Hank interrupts their night together so he can tell Melanie something that can't wait. But he has nothing to tell her other than he's following a lead and should have some information in the morning. It's supposed to add to the story, but really, their scenes just broke the flow and made Hank seem more inconsistent as a character. When leaving, he makes a snide comment meant to cause Melanie to lose focus on Bree, but in his next monologue he's thinking about how he wronged his daughter and acknowledges his need to make things right, or at least try to.
2. Abby and Kurt. Abby lies to Kurt. Okay, that's fine. She's in some deep you-know-what with the skeletons in her closet threatening to break out, and wants to resolve things without sacrificing who she is now. But things turn south and she decides to come clean...but then we find out that she lied some more to Kurt. Then, inexplicably, she decides after lying to him, she's going to come clean for real (this doesn't make sense because nothing has changed between her new lies and now other than it's morning time) and then LIES AGAIN. Why set it up that way if there's no plot to push her and she just tweaks her lie some more. Kurt, poor, sweet Kurt, just wants his life back and doesn't push, even when he suspects that his wife knows more about his missing daughter than she's willing to tell him.
I liked the parts with Jordan. His part in the story was unexpected, in a good way. Although I think he should have figured things out sooner, since he read all the articles and saw the press conference clips on the news. It doesn't make sense that his Ah-Ha moment doesn't happen during that time.
As far as the story goes, it would have been more effective if it was written in past tense. There were some parts where the wording was strange. I can think of a scene where Abby is supposed to being lying in bed with a cloth on her head, but she is actually on the computer. It is worded so that it seems like she is sitting on the wet cloth. Just awkward. Being in people's heads throughout the story was a good way to keep things interesting, but when trying to conceal pieces from the reader, it's less effective. While in Abby's head we should gain insight as to what she did in the past. Same with Scott. We should understand their motives more clearly. We are kept in the dark only so the reveal can come later, but it makes our characters seem incomplete rather than complex.
Overall, I'd say to give it a try. I read this in small sittings and it kept me from getting overly annoyed with the points I mentioned. There were a few things I was carrying with me almost to the end, which were finally corrected as far as motives and the timeline, so I give the author credit there for straightening things out.
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