Reviewed by: Pete Barber
Approximate word count: 20,000-25,000 words
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The author lives in Florida. In addition to the Rachael Scott series, she has a series of romance novels. You can find her on Facebook page.
Rachael and Rick Scott’s three-year-old daughter, Mallory, is snatched from their front yard. Rachael tries for months to find her child and to cope with the trauma. The story follows her path.
Rachael’s life seems empty and lacking in meaning without her daughter. Her husband throws himself into his work, but she finds no solace in hers (she’s a successful commercial realtor). When a boy, similar in age to her daughter, is also taken, Rachael contacts the mother and helps her find her son. Mostly the story revolves around this event rather than the loss of her daughter.
This story is a prequel to a series starring Rachael Scott. As such, it delivers some background—she sells her business and puts herself on a firm financial footing and then starts a business service that will focus on finding missing persons.
I enjoyed the opening of the story a lot. Rachael is well drawn, and I was pulled into her dilemma, but most of the story was spent on the missing boy, and seemed a bit flat and predictable to me. The writing style is easy on the eye, but at novella length, there wasn’t enough meat here to either define Rachael, or to leave me panting to follow her further exploits.
Too few to mention.
Rating: **** Four stars