Author Stacy Claflin
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Alex was a teenager when his sister was kidnapped.
Out of the ashes of this terrible ordeal fourteen-year-old, Alex became a father. Soon after he and his girlfriend Zoey gave their daughter up for adoption.
Alex and Zoey have managed to remain a part of their daughter’s life, however. As Halloween approaches Alex rides into Seattle for the yearly Halloween party his daughter is hosting.
With many bitter-sweet moments throughout the day, Alex decided to make more time to be a better father. Today the change begins. Today he will make time.
As Alex takes his daughter out for their father-daughter time, he finds joy in playing childish games, completely enjoying her company. The day could not have finished better. That is until his daughter is snatched away during a moment of distraction.
Now memories of the ten-year-old kidnapping come crashing down Alex as he grapples with this new development blaming himself all over again.
In his race against time and frantic search for his daughter, there is no rest and no comfort for Alex.
When in a moment of distraction Ariana was snatched away and stuffed into a vehicle Alex after failing to stop the perpetrator, called the police. For him, the police don’t move fast enough, however. They also seem to put little trust in his description and later identification of the kidnapper.
The families are frantic. Total strangers step up to judge Alex’s performance as a father.
Alex will not be distracted. He saw the kidnapper. Even though the police don’t believe him he sets out to prove it and get his daughter back. What he discovered has the police and the FBI in shock. A crime that has been going on for more than thirty years but had somehow remained undetected until now.
Alex is a boy who became a father before he even understood his role. Now he is twenty-five years old with an eleven-year-old daughter who he is missing out on seeing grow up. He has a decidedly low opinion of himself and all that he has to offer as a father. His greatest strength which he doesn’t see is his love for his daughter. He will do anything for her.
Valerie and Kenji Nakano, are Ariana’s maternal grandparents and adoptive parents. While Kenji still sees Alex as a good kid his wife holds a grudge against him.
Zoey is Ariana’s birth mother who highly despises Alex because he broke her heart. She just wishes he would grow up.
Macy is Alex’s sister. Before Ariana, hers was the only kidnapping that the town had ever had to deal with. Her kidnapping little more than a decade before had sent both families in a tailspin.
Flynn is the man Alex has identified as his daughter’s kidnapper. However, Flynn has an airtight alibi and spotless character. The FBI decided Flynn is not their man.
Nick is a divorced father and the small town Police chief. He worked on the first kidnapping and never forgot. Now he takes this case personally. While the FBI has chosen to ignore Alex he is the only one who puts any stock in his identification.
The book is set in Seattle in The United States.
What I Liked
This is one of those books where the suspense is so gripping you just want to read the end first.
I liked the way Alex steps up in his moment of despair. His resourcefulness, the way he worked under pressure, the way he was able to impact the investigation and uncover the truth shows that there is much more to him than even he realizes.
What I Didn’t Like
Nothing. It was a good read and recommend it to anyone who likes a suspenseful mystery book.
Stamp of Approval
I would certainly buy this.
By Candy Benn