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I got a copy of this book via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't read the first book in this series, so I don't have the back story. The story starts out with a young woman being kidnapped by two thugs in the parking lot of the town gym. It's an oil boom town with a high population of roughnecks - what an amazing backdrop for a mystery. So much potential. Then I met Cooper Smith and I was like, "Oh..."
I'm willing to suspend disbelief for a lot of things, but this book was a bit too much. How does a person who works for NPR get a month of vacation time for his honeymoon? Why is the NPR boss such a cranky pants when his workers are doing their jobs well? What police officer will take the word of a man in jail for fighting that he's a credentialed reporter AND let him stay his basement? What police force doesn't make a missing prominent citizen a top priority - especially if her grandpa is a political leader? No police force is going to cut their force back over the holidays. It's one of the most high-crime times of the year. Cooper's whole family are cops. Yet, he completely ignores the direct command of police officers?
I feel like the plot promised a lot, but then I got distracted by the trees and didn't see the forest anymore.
I frankly don't get why Cooper is the hero of this story when his wife kicked a creeper's butt and Gabby has to use her wits to survive a kidnapping. I'd happily read about strong, clever women.
The narrator was pretty wooden and rote - not much intonation or modulation.
I recommend this mystery to everyone. It kept me interested thru out the story. Narration was great. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.