This book kept in its grip from the beginning to the end. I had trouble making it through sometimes, because it is so graphic and children are involved. As a parent it made me think, more than I wanted to about the reality of child abduction. I would recommend this book, but know that it is very graphic in places and it will stay with you.
Four year old Amanda McCready disappeared from her bedroom one night while her mother was next door visiting a neighbor. At least that's what her distracted, chain-smoking drug using mother, Helene, says. When Amanda's Aunt and Uncle want a little bit more attention paid to Amanda's disappearance than Helene does, private investigators, Gennaro and Kenzie agree to take the case. When they start digging around for clues, they find themselves surrounded by disreputable characters, drugs, money, filth and dead decaying bodies.
This book is a good read but not for the faint hearted.
Probably my favorite of this wonderful series by Lehane (Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro). Please do not be turned off of these books by the movie that was made. The movie was a decent representation of the events in this book, but didn't even touch on character development and all of the personality behind the two main characters, and that is what makes these books great.
A gut-wrenching story of little children being abducted/kidnapped. But the story goes further than that; it delves into the lives of those who shouldn't have had children in the first place and those who want to see justice done. Disturbing but sadly believable.
This is such a good book. It is very graphic about child abuse and abduction. I did have to put it down several times just to get the images from my head, so beware it can haunt you. It is so sad that that this is a reality we live in. This is a very good book, I highly recommend it, but again be prepared to go into a very dark and graphic world.
One of Lehane's darker novels, but good all the same. Deals with drugs, dirty cops and child abuse. Has some graphic chapters, but is realistic. Having worked in both the prison system and child welfare, this novel is not far from the truth and could have been much more graphic. He deals with mans inhumanity to man very well. Not a novel for the tender at heart. 3 stars
This is my second Lehane book. His action keeps you going. I'm sure it would have been better in thee unabridged version (aren't they all?), but at least you can still "follow" the people and action in this one unlike some of the abridged audio books out there.
Dennis Lehane delivers a story that impacts anyone who reads it. The plot bobs ans and weaves through those who should be trusted but are as corrupt as those who work the underbelly of society. Yet this story goes beyond the good and the bad and asks of the reader what would you do if you had to make a decision that would spare someone further mental and physical pain that could change their life forever and also yous ?
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the week. A territory defined by hards heads and even harder luck, its streets one littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now. one of the youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angelia Gennaro don't want the case. But ater pleas from the dhild's aunt, they open an investigation that will untilmately risk everything--their relationship their santiy, and even their lives--to find a little girl-lost.
"The tough neighborhood of Dorchesteer is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with teh detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Mow, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kensie aind Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after please from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything- their relationship, their sanity, adn even their lives- to find a little girl lost." Written on the book cover.