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Birthday Girl MP3 CD – Unabridged, March 20, 2018
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- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1536690813
- ISBN-13 : 978-1536690811
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (March 20, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,388,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That should sound paradoxical, but it isn’t. Please read on.
I am a substitute elementary school teacher. I teach grades one through eight. As a requirement of my teaching certification I must stay current with the literature regarding child protection i.e., safeguarding children from sexual exploitation.
Related to the above, and no less important to me is that I have a ten year old grandson.
I regard this book as a primer to any adult that has children of such tender age, or knows someone who does and then recommending this book to them.
I do not retell story lines in my reviews so all I will say is that as sure as “i” before “e” except after “c” (you have to read the book to get its’ significance) no child should ever accept anything from an adult who is other than a blood relative or is related to them by marriage.
To this story itself I found the plot compelling from page one to page last. I found character development to very well done. The segment related to looking for the child following the school play was not only familiar but chilling as well. I have been to that school activity and have searched through the throng of kids after the play looking for my grandson.
The rising action just doesn’t stop. It goes to the point of exasperation. The falling action is where I finely stopped to take a breath. The resolution is a ***spoiler** alert so I won’t go there.
I’ve read a number of this writer’s book. The Marty Singer series is outstanding and I have told the author that in my reviews. In fact, after reading the prologue and first chapter of this book I had to drop him a line announcing what I had read so far was outstanding. He appreciated my comment.
This was by far a seminal effort by Matt Iden. I applaud his recognition and depth of research on the subject of child abduction in order to bring this book to our attention.
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Since his daughter’s abduction and murder eight years ago, Elliott Nash has lived under a crushing cloud of guilt. His marriage failed, his brilliant career as a criminal psychologist is nothing but a memory, he’s homeless and lives on the streets. The only constants in his life are nightmares and pain. His natural drive to help people has diminished. That is, until he meets former addict Amy Scowcroft. Amy’s daughter, Lacey, has been missing for almost a year but Amy refuses to believe her daughter is dead. Getting nowhere with the investigation into Amy’s disappearance, the police have closed the case. Detective Dave Cargill, who works for the D.C. Metropolitan Child and Family Services, refers Amy to his old friend and former colleague, Elliott Nash.
Elliott is reluctant but eventually digs deep for reserves he didn’t realise he still had and agrees to work with Amy. Together, using unconventional and interesting methods, they search through piles and piles of old cases of missing children until they get a breakthrough and find a pattern of sorts. It seems Lacey is one of several children from broken homes who disappeared at a certain time. It’s not much to go on initially but the connecting threads begin to mount up and make some sense.
Each chapter is written from a particular character’s perspective, including several of the children, Elliott, Amy, Dave and the mysterious and rather chilling Sister. I really liked Elliott and Amy. There was enough back story for each to flesh them out and give a sense of who they are. Despite their flaws and the horrible things life has thrown at them, they’re decent people who just lost their way and are trying desperately to get back on track. Helping Amy proves to be a lifeline for Elliott.
The story is well plotted and covers a range of disturbing issues, including homelessness, mental instability and abduction, which have obviously been well researched. Elliott’s narrative from the point of view of a homeless person is realistic and eye-opening. It’s very sad when Elliot remarks that homeless people more often than not feel invisible, as though they don’t exist. Having the main male character in such a desperate situation gives an edge to the story and it’s very easy to empathise with him. A quick, enjoyable read and although the perpetrator’s identity is easy to guess once certain facts are known, there’s no lack of tension, suspense and a good twist or two.
Well written and full of interest with emotions running riot and only tiredness kept me from having to put it down. Well done Matthew Iden. Keep them coming.