Little Girl Gone By Gerry Sschmitt
Afton Tangler #1
Majorie Sorenson turned hard, flat, snake eyes on the young woman in the fox fur parka who strolled toward her in the Skylark Shopping Mall. And instantly pegged her: rich bitch.
Afton is not a detective. She is a community liaison officer with the police department. But she wants to be a detective and she is taking criminal justice courses to help. As the story opens, a rich couple’s three month old daughter is taken. Afton is called in to be the contact between the family and the police department.
Majorie and her son, Ronny, have kidnapped the three month old daughter. This time it was a little messier and bolder than expected. But, Ronny trusts that his mom can handle and Meredith is certain that it will all work out.
This is not your average mystery/thriller, since you are aware of who the kidnapper is, and it doesn’t take long to figure out why the Sorenson’s kidnapped the baby or that they have done this before. I would categorize this as police procedural more than mystery. It was interesting to see the story unfold and get to know the characters. The story wasn’t as cut and paste as a connect the dots game, it was engaging not just mentally but emotionally. By allowing the reader to see inside the mind of the kidnappers, we are able to understand what kind of person kidnaps a three month old baby. We are left uncomfortable knowing that kidnappings are not as uncommon as they should be. And if we have children of our own, we hug them a little tighter as we put them to bed.
As this is the beginning of a series, this book is really an introduction. While it is that, it is also so much more. I liked Afton as a character. Though she has the ability to work outside of police procedures, she is still bound by them if she wants to be part of the unit- eventually. I also like that the readers are a part of her journey. I like the way that Afton and Max worked together. A part of me hopes that it takes here a while to make detective, not that she wouldn’t be a good one. I think she works well in the role that she’s in and it allows her to create her own style, one that a badge may alter.
4 stars ****
She had to call Poppy and Tess the minute Max was off the phone. had to tell them she was on her way home. had to promise them that, as long as she was watching over them, they’d be forever safe and loved.
Little Girl Gone will be available July 5, 2016
Penguin’s First to Read program gave me a digital copy of this title was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.