Judas Child Author:Carol O'Connell Carol O'Connell has been consistently praised as a gifted storyteller (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), the author of stylishly innovative (San Francisco Chronicle), immensely affecting (Miami Herald) novels with an irresistible narrative force (Publishers Weekly). Now, she gives us a stunning new creation. It is three days before Christmas, and two... more » young girls have disappeared from the local academy. This hasn't happened for fifteen years, since Rouge Kendall's twin sister was murdered. The killer was found, but now Rouge, twenty-five and a policeman, is forced to wonder: was he really the one? Also wondering is a former classmate named Ali Cray, a forensic psychologist with scars of her own. The pattern is the same, she says: a child called out to meet a friend. The friend is the bait, the judas child, and is quickly killed. But the primary victim lives longer . . . until Christmas Day. Rouge doesn't want to hear this. He's spent the last fifteen years trying to avoid the memories: drinking alone, laying low, washing out of school and a promising first career. Now he might abandon law enforcement, too--but something won't let him, not yet. A little girl has haunted his dreams all these years--and he has three days finally to put her to rest. Filled with the rich prose, resonant characters, and knife-edge suspense that have won the author so many fans, Judas Child is Carol O'Connell's most powerful novel yet.« less
This started out a little slowly for me, but then things really picked up around page 100. I didn't see the twist at the end coming and that's always a plus for me. Hate books that I get figured out before the end. Innovative and suspenseful.