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kidnapping

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Author: Owen Laukkanen

I rated this book 5 stars.

This is the second book I have read by this author. (The first being the second in this series.)

College students, Pender, Marie, Sawyer, and "Mouse" decide that their college degrees are not all they're cracked up to be.  So they decide that kidnapping successful businessmen for a small ransom would be lucrative, and embark on a cross-country crime spree.

This book is absolutely riveting. It is very fast paced, and a few times I had to go back and read a paragraph or two, because I found I was skipping over words in anticipation of what would happen next! I liked all of his characters. I think the author did an excellent job of putting us in the criminals frame of mind ~ and empathizing with them. I found myself wanting the characters to get away, but at the same time wanting them to get caught!!

I enjoyed the camaraderie of State Patrol Agent Stevens and FBI Agent Windermere, and the tension relieving banter between them.

I look forward to reading more books by this author, but most definitely need to read a slower paced book in between! The author gets your adrenaline going!

Originally posted in: APL Picks

The Stolen Child

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Author: Keith Donohue

Hobgoblins kidnap Henry Day when he is 7 years old, leaving an imposter in his place. Each Henry tries to adjust to his new life. Living in the forest with other stolen children who are also waiting to switch places, the 'real' Henry struggles to piece together fragmented memories of who he was. Meanwhile, the 'imposter' continually fears discovery and cannot forget that he is living a life that doesn’t belong to him; he eventually seeks out the truth of who he was before he too had been stolen and exiled to live in the forest as a hobgoblin (long before he stole Henry's life). Their quests to each recapture their true identities eventually converge.

Very interesting story of the Changeling myth and the struggle to discover and shape our identities as we move from childhood to adulthood.

Originally posted in: APL Picks

The Stolen Child

bookcover
Author: Keith Donohue

Hobgoblins kidnap Henry Day when he is 7 years old, leaving an imposter in his place. Each Henry tries to adjust to his new life. Living in the forest with other stolen children who are also waiting to switch places, the 'real' Henry struggles to piece together fragmented memories of who he was. Meanwhile, the 'imposter' continually fears discovery and cannot forget that he is living a life that doesn’t belong to him; he eventually seeks out the truth of who he was before he too had been stolen and exiled to live in the forest as a hobgoblin (long before he stole Henry's life). Their quests to each recapture their true identities eventually converge.

Very interesting story of the Changeling myth and the struggle to discover and shape our identities as we move from childhood to adulthood.