I just finished reading this book and all I can say is 'WOW'! Yes, it is a step away from my usual read because it is a suspense novel and if I didn't get a free copy, I probably would not have bought it. After reading an excerpt on the author's website, I decided to give it a go. Well, it was fast, intense reading....I couldn't put it down.
Here is what the flyleaf has to say about this book:
A child in danger.
A pre-school teacher with a past.
48 hours for a rescue with a killer shadowing every move
For Michael Bennett, spending time with his beloved five-year-old nephew Justin goes hand in hand with his ongoing recovery from terrors of the past. But now Justin has vanished while under Michael's care.
As the prime suspect in the boy's disappearance, Michael is forced into an uneasy alliance with enigmatic Washington, D.C. policewoman Gloria Towson, who believes Justin's fate is connected to a serial killer who targets gay men. In a desperate effort to rescue Justin and save Michael from becoming the killer's next victim, Gloria is tracking the abductor online, a task made more difficult by her supervisor, Louis D'Amecourt, who may be conspiring with FBI officials to keep her from learning the truth.
Yet Michael may not be as innocent as he claims. He and D'Amecourt share a devastating secret, and five years ago Michael's first nephew disappeared in a remarkably similar crime.
Double Abduction is creepy and unnerving, difficult to put down until the last page is turned. There are so many twists, turns, characters and seemingly sub-plots, that at first, I thought I would need an outline to help me keep it all straight. Involved in reading, I could easily let my mind work ahead and try to figure out who the villains where (and there were several) and not everyone is as they appear to be.
I noticed several editing errors and for a while, they threw me off the story, but that is something that needs to be overlooked. I also thought the author, in some instances, overused character's full names when first or last names or pronouns would have sufficed, but that's just me and I tried not to let it interfere with my enjoyment of the book. In all, I gave this book a 3.5 star rating. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspenseful thrillers.
UPDATE: I have been corresponding with Chris Beakey to find out what his next book would be and when it would be published. Shortly after the New Year, I received an email from him telling me he finally finished the 2nd book called 'Doublebind'. He was getting it ready to send to his editor and wanted to know if I would like a copy to read. Of course, I said YES. I'm reading it right now, and it is even better than his first book. He said he expected this new book to publish late 2014 so be on the lookout for it. You won't be disappointed!
This was my first book of Chris Beakey's that I read and I can tell you one thing...I WILL be hunting down more of his books! WOW! This book blew me away! I absolutely loved the whole storyline....and hated to put this book down so I ended up reading it every spare minute I had and finished it in record time! I don't think you would be disappointed with this book. I found myself at some points in the book yelling at certain characters in "warning" thinking I was right there with them helping to steer them in the right direction to find the "villain" who was involved in the "abductions". Quite an exciting ride this book was for me!!! Definitely 5+ Stars !!!
This is the first book by Beakey and I hope he will continue with writing.
This is very well written with no slow boring places, it moves along at a good clip and the story flows smoothly.