Friday, July 1, 2011

Never Wave Goodbye by Doug Magee

Yet another thriller!  What's with this kick I'm on?!   I really have to credit my friend Debbie for shoving these into my hands while I'm at work, because she definitely knows how to recommend a book that gets my attention. 

This story has to be one of every parent's worst nightmares. A group of kids get picked up for summer camp when the parents discover sometime later after the real van arrives that they're children have been kidnapped!  I could not put this one down!  And it had me guessing till the very end, which of course is always a bonus. 

I guess it would be a little harder to read if you actually had little ones, but since I don't it didn't bother me too much.   There's a scene when the kids are out in the middle of the woods in this little shack and a bear appears - my palms were literally sweating as this was all going down.  I devoured this one!

Description: After passing the bittersweet parental milestone of putting her daughter, Sarah on the bus to sleep-away camp for the first time, Lena Trainor plans to spend the next two weeks fixing all the problems in her marriage. But when a second bus arrives to pick up Sarah for camp, no one seems to know anything about the first bus or its driver.

Sarah and three other children have been kidnapped, and within hours of the crime the parents receive an email demanding $1,000,000. When the specifics of the delivery terms throw suspicion on the parents of two of the abducted children, some of the parents begin to turn on each other, exposing fault lines in already strained marriages and forging new alliances. While the kidnapped children are living their parents' worst nightmare, the police are trying to sort the lies from the truth in conflicting stories and alibis that seem to be constantly changing.

Deftly weaving the emotional story that pits the parents of the missing campers against the police—and each other—with the fate of the kidnapped children hanging in the balance, Never Wave Goodbye will keep readers holding their breath until the last page.

Rating: 4 stars!

Recommend: A feast for suspense lovers!

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