My Thoughts: Where Accused didn’t set well with me, Cantore came back with her follow-up and surprised me – pleasantly so. Structuring in the first book of this debut series struggled to find footing – or that was my impression of it, and it didn’t read well as a result. Centering again on police detective Carly Edwards, the second book of her story involves a kidnapped child and continued attempts at a reconciliation between she and her estranged husband Nick. Now both are Christians, Carly’s assumption is that they will easily work through their problems to eventually re-kindle what once they shared – that is a mistaken assumption. Her fight to rectify the trust they once easily put in each other becomes unimportant in the hunt to find a baby.
Personal issues and relationships in this story are important to the viability of its believability. It is almost as if it’s running interference in the background and is one Cantore sees through until the end quite nicely. It is a hard balance to strike since most of the time, setting personal issues to a tragedy doesn’t always go well but Cantore does it with ease. Admittedly, the character of Nick is not my favorite. His conversion is not impossible but I never felt like his persona was ever really revealed. It left me wondering so many things. Should I root for reconciliation between he and Carly? Or should I hope she puts her trust elsewhere? Instead of being able to decide for myself, as the reader, I am instead asked to put my trust in the heroine – a trust that demands we respect she is making the right decision. To be honest, I found this pacing and plot a great improvement over Accused, the first book. Its writing was sharper and there was more incentive to solve the mystery, and that compelled me to be more excited about reaching that final chapter. Up until that point, the book is exciting and gives the reader something good to want resolved and the emotions of the main and supporting characters are not hard to sympathize with.
In the chasm between Carly and Nick’s problems and the search for baby A.J., there is a lot of truth and “good” to be gleaned within these pages… it just didn’t “feel” right for me. Although it is sometimes mistake prone, Abducted isn’t a “bad” story by any means. It just didn’t have a “spark” to capture my undivided attention.
In Summary: Decent characters seeking to do good structure this story though the overwhelming amount of police brass and administrators makes the prose more confusing than good writing.
Synopsis: After solving the mayor’s murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in Las Playas, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right.
But then everything starts going wrong. Slow to recover from an injury, her ex-husband, Nick, begins pulling away just as they were starting to get close again. Meanwhile, when Joe’s wife lands in the hospital with a mysterious illness, their baby is kidnapped. As Carly chases down every lead in a desperate search to find the baby, her newfound faith is pushed to its limits.
With thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book for reviewing purposes; my apologies to the author and publisher for the delay in getting this novel read and a review posted in a prompt manner.
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