Rain rattles through the trees as she leans into the car, careful not to touch anything. Two pretty blue eyes stare back through the dark, wide with relief, or maybe fear. A baby girl, wrapped up in a pink snowsuit, reaches out a tiny hand. Her mother is nowhere to be found…
An abandoned baby is the last thing Detective Madison Harper expects to find as she drives to her first day back at work since the case that ripped her life apart. But as she cradles the shivering child close, all her instincts tell her there’s something more sinister at play. Then she finds a lone sneaker down a muddy trail nearby, the laces spattered with blood…
In a town as small as Lost Creek, Colorado, the baby and the shoe are quickly identified as belonging to Kacie Larson, a waitress at the local diner who quietly stashed away her tips to make a better life for her daughter. A mother herself, Madison can’t believe that Kacie would just abandon her child, but she also can’t convince her new team. Not for the first time, Madison feels she must go it alone to get the job done.
But when a body is pulled from a nearby lake, and it’s not Kacie, the case takes an agonizing turn. Is this missing mother really who she says she is? Is there a chance she’s still alive? Madison barely has time to think before the sweet little girl she rescued is snatched on a crowded street. Gone, in the blink of an eye.
To break this case and earn her place back on the force, Madison must learn to trust her team, and herself again—and fast. If she doesn’t find this twisted individual in time, a little girl could die…
Publication date – 29th July 2021
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Followers of my blog will not be surprised that I am reviewing this latest instalment from Wendy Dranfield, I will happily confess to being a complete ‘fan girl’ for this series.
Little Girl Taken picks up a few months after Madison’s name was finally cleared and she was reunited with her son, Owen. Things are not perfect, but they are well on the road to recovery. Nate has been spending time with his friend Rex and has just returned to catch up with Madison and her son.
The action starts, straight out of the gate, with the discovery of a crashed car. There is blood everywhere and a young baby, lying on the back seat. The tension immediately mounts as it is clear that the baby’s mother needs to be identified and located.
Once again, this is a rollercoaster story, and I was unable to put this book down. Tension comes from all sides as Madison learns to rely on her new colleagues, her judgement and her wits. Complicating matters, Nate becomes the target of a manhunt as his old nemesis returns to end their story. I was genuinely on the edge of my seat, following the two storylines.
Wendy Dranfield has created believable characters who it is easy to care about. Nate and Madison and both perfectly flawed as they fight for both the answers to Madison’s case and Nate’s freedom. I really enjoyed the introduction of Ruby’s Diner and hope that the characters from there will have a recurring role in future cases from Lost Creek. Of course, a special mention has to go to Brody, the Cadaver Dog, once again a hero and very much a part of the team.
If you enjoy police procedural thrillers with a touch of the renegade approach, then this series is highly recommended.
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