The girl: taken
After eight-year-old Paige disappears without a trace, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is called to investigate one of the boldest kidnappings the bureau has seen. The girl was taken from a theater filled with witnesses, in the middle of a children's play. And no one saw anything.
Starting a frenzied search and following leads that seem to suggest a link to the girl's father, the state district attorney, Tess is stunned to learn of a ransom call that points to an entirely different motive, old as time itself: money.
The first twenty-four hours: critical
Frantic for answers and painfully aware of each passing moment, Tess has a choice to make: trust her instinct and follow the leads that seem to indicate an organized crime connection? Or give in to the demands of the parents and assist with the ransom payment?
The odds of finding Paige alive drop with every passing second, and making the wrong choice would seal her fate. Her blood would be on her hands.
The best-selling author of Dawn Girl is back with another suspenseful, gripping crime thriller. If you're a fan of David Baldacci, Melinda Leigh, and James Patterson, you will enjoy Leslie Wolfe's enthralling police procedural that will keep you reading until the early morning hours.
The Girl They Took by Leslie Wolfe certainly packed a punch. This is the first Tess Winnett novel I've read, and I was not disappointed. I was hesitant about accepting this book for review because it's the eighth novel in the Tess Winnett series, but after I was informed that it read as a standalone, I jumped right in. I can say without a doubt now that you definitely don't need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one.
Based on my basic knowledge of the previous books, I can see how Tess's character arc may have improved in this installment, and long-time fans of the series may be excited to find out how Tess handles her first ransom kidnapping case. Since this is the only book I've read in the series, however, my review will focus more on how it was as a standalone rather than how it relates to other books in the series.
My experience reading this was enjoyable but odd. I was hooked in the first few chapters, lost some interest in the middle chapters, and then couldn't put the story down for the remaining third of the story. I think part of why I lost interest was because the kidnapping wasn't quite like the blurb led me to believe. A few descriptions felt a little clunky, but the author did an excellent job capturing the characters in a way that I could connect with them, or at least understand them.
Trigger warning: This book includes some physical violence and brief mentions of sexual violence and pedophilia.
Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. Her style of fast-paced suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology, has made Leslie one of the most read authors in the genre and she has created an array of unforgettable, brilliant, and strong women heroes along the way. Leslie has received much acclaim for her work, including inquiries from Hollywood, and her books offer something that is different and tangible, with readers becoming invested in not only the main characters and plot but also with the ruthless minds of the killers she creates.
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