*Runner-up, 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition**
**Honorable Mention, Genre Fiction, 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards*
A compelling, fast-moving contemporary thriller: In Albany, New York, the governor's infant daughter disappears without a trace from her crib at the Executive Mansion. Hours later, newly divorced and down-and-out writer Jamie Carter is abducted from the streets of Manhattan. Jamie is whisked upstate, where she is forced by her captor, Don Bailino, an ex-war hero/successful businessman, to care for the kidnapped child in a plot to delay the execution of mobster Gino Cataldi - the sixth man to be put to death in six years by hardliner Governor Phillip Grand. What prevails is a modern-day thriller about family ties, loyalty, murder, betrayal, and love that's told in deftly interweaving narratives that follow the police investigation of the missing Baby Grand, the bad guys who took her, and the woman who must find the strength to protect her.
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Fantastic kidnapping mystery.
The surprise ending is fantastic. This is a well-written story. It is a nail biter. It makes you care about the characters which keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the story.
This book is full of full orbed characters. From sweet, little Charlotte the kidnapped baby to the kind hearted nanny, to the governor's incredibly ambitious wife, to Jamie (the likable main character). It is hard to pick a favorite.
The narrator gives an excellent performance and gives each character a unique voice. From the baby to the mobster to the governor, he does a great job. Good sound quality.
There are a lot of them. Many cannot be told without ruining the story, but a few can. When Jamie is introduced to baby Charlotte, she is naked and cold. That is a touching scene. It is followed shortly by Jamie witnessing a brutal murder of a stripper intended to frighten her. The scene is successful in inducing fear for Jamie in the reader.
This book contains a rape scene and scenes of physical and gun violence. It is not overly graphic, but it is not appropriate for minors. I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.
- Crystal Morey