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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. The interplay between characters is quite well done, and the dialogue carries much of the story. The elderly neighbors of the kidnapper are particularly interesting. I could readily believe they've been married for several decades.
The distinctive plot of "Child's Play" would make this a compelling read even if the stakes weren't so high for the likeable heroine. It's well worth the time if you want a story that hasn't been done to death and a strong, determined female protagonist.
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Editorial nitpicking for anyone who cares about such things:
Although this book was professionally edited, some elements of the writing style took me out of the story on occasion: misused homophones (waivered/wavered, breech/breach), misplaced apostrophes (Morrow's/Morrows') and commas, and overly infrequent use of past perfect tense to keep memories separate from the story timeline meant I periodically had to go back and reread sentences to figure out the author's meaning.
(Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book to review.)
I did receive a complimentary kindle copy in exchange for a review.
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.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookRooster.com reviewer through Amazon.)
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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.Read more