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Child's Play by [Wallis, Deborah]
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Length: 248 pages

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About the Author

Deborah Wallis lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband, Colonel Earl P. Wallis, USMC (Ret). Deborah's first novel, Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines, was published in 2010.

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: McBryde Publishing LLC (June 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DZE80
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The underlying plot, dealing with the kidnapping and sale of young boys for criminal profit, is both intriguing and disturbing. When Abby Weaver inserts herself into a kidnapping case (largely because the kidnapped boy resembles her own), she seems little more than a concerned neighbor trying to help other parents. Soon the action begins to affect her and her family as the interconnections among the people around her are revealed.

Most of the novel's suspense comes from the multiple levels of antagonists involved in the pedophile ring, as well as a few surprises at the end for anyone who doesn't read carefully to pick up the clues. The beginning might strike some readers as a little slow--almost with the tone of an educational novel as Abby, a reporter who has written articles about pedophilia and pedophiles, educates her friend Fran about this dark side of their community--but after the first few chapters, the story clips along at a good pace.

One thing I like about "Child's Play" is the generally positive portrayal of police, FBI, and naval investigators as professionals. There are a few details that strain credulity, though, such as having the sheriff admit Abby to an active crime scene. Also, it's too coincidental for her gut feelings to turn out to be correct all the time, either putting her one step ahead of the investigators or carrying her into danger that she gets out of by dropping her "everywoman" character and temporarily acting like an action hero.

Despite these occasional character shifts, the individuals who inhabit these pages are more realistic than not. Abby has her good points and her bad points, as do most of the others, even the secondary characters; there are only a few who are flat.
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This book focuses on a ring of pedophiles and the sale of children. It was realistic and made you stop and think about how this type of thing could happen anywhere. Of course, Weaver is the heroine because it is a fictional story. It didn't seem realistic, but that's the point right? Escapism. I enjoyed the book. I always try and figure out the bad guys and I had them mostly figured out. I was surprised in the very end though....which I'm always glad for. Overall, I thought this was a fun, easy read. I enjoy this types of books because they can be picked up and put down frequently without losing track of where I am and I still remember what's going on. I would recommend this one to a friend.

I did receive a complimentary kindle copy in exchange for a review.
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By S Katsz on November 12, 2011
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The storyline of this book, while disturbing, was intriguing enough. However, I found it to be very predictable. I did not feel "lost" for not having read the first book in the series, although there were a few minor instances where things may have been clearer if I had read the first book--but no matter.

I found some of the scenes to be on the sit-com level, wanting to shake my head and say "Really? Is this supposed to be serious or am I supposed to laugh?" I realize that the book is for entertainment, but unrealistic behavior of the characters makes me lose interest. Throughout the book I felt it was juvenile writing, despite the subject matter.

There were several misspellings throughout the book, which gave me the impression of the author's carelessness, particularly "Yule Brenner" -- how disrespectful to not check the correct spelling of a famous person's name!

Ms. Wallis has potential and hopefully will grow as an author with each future book.

I did receive a complimentary copy for review.
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Child's Play

This is a hard to put down story about a subject that makes us all cringe, pedophiles. Wallis does a great job bringing the characters to life. The book is a continuation of Sweet dreams and Flying Machines, but even if you haven't read the first book, you get involved right away. Great find of an author I had not read before.
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Child's Play was your standard crime mystery novel, an easy read that wasn't the most well written. It was entertaining enough for a mindless read, but the characters were fairly vanilla and the "villians" weren't difficult to figure out fairly quickly. Perhaps with another round of editing for character development, this book could have been much better. All that to say, if you're looking for a quick and mindless "beach read," this is a decent choice.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookRooster.com reviewer through Amazon.)
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I read this authors first book and loved it and just knew I would want to read this book also. Not only is it a quick read, but exciting and riveting and I just couldn't put it down! I would recommend it to anyone. My book club read it and just loved it also. This author is a wonderful story teller. I cannot wait until her next one.
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Overall, the book was a good read. It was suspenseful, and there were a couple plot twists that I didn't see coming. If you like the mystery genre, and you enjoy a book with "spunky" female main characters, then I think you'll enjoy this one as well.

The book is free of glaring grammar and punctuation errors, so you don't have to worry about those types of problems interfering with your enjoyment of the novel.

I thing the book could have been a little better written. There were times that some of the descriptions were so over-the-top that I was pushed out of the story rather than drawn in. Also, I have to mention that everyone seems to clench their fists a LOT in the book, to the point that it became a distraction for me.

Without revealing any spoilers, I'd also like to add that there were a couple of times when I had to sit back and say "Would anyone really do this?" While it never reached the point of being completely unbelievable, there were times that the plot strained credulity.

This book stands alone well. I haven't read the first in the series, and I didn't feel lost or confused reading this one. I think the author does a good job of telling you enough back story to fill in the blanks without making it boring.

Overall, I think the book is definitely worth the time to read it. While some things could have been done better, none were a deal breaker for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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