Strong Medicine is a story about the abduction of a 9 year old girl. Reading Strong Medicine if you have a 9 year old daughter is ill-advised. ;) I must say the thing that struck me most about this book was the characterization. Erin, a down and out mother is portrayed in a very real way. Simple things like not actually having money to pay for information about her daughters disappearance frustrated me but it highlighted the fact that this was a struggling single mom, with no access to funds. Her bravery was admirable, but it wasn't epic heroism, or a mission impossible rescue mission. Erin tried to do as much as she could, but often her hands were tied by the authorities, by her own fear, and by factors beyond her control.
This story was very real, very moving, and very scary all rolled into one. The pacing was superb, save for a small lag midway through, and the ending unraveled at breakneck speed. I literally couldn't put it down.
It struck me while reading this that Angela Meadon must be a feisty lady, because her female characters were all written with spunk!