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A prominent politician's granddaughter goes missing, kidnapped by a couple of roughnecks. Those men who are only in North Dakota; semi temporarily to work in the hot oil industry boom.
A mishmash of characters including a journalist, who is married to the best friend of Gabby (kidnap victim) He descends upon the small North Dakota town and with permission of his bosses at NPR he is able to investigate the kidnapping. His wife joins him along the way and they traveled cross-country to try to find Gabby.
This is a standalone book and whilst tying up the loose ends the listener is treated to a political opinion on drilling, fracking and the like. I could've done without that.
The narration was good and as per my preference I sped it up and enjoyed it more.
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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.