Author: Andrea Kane
Publish Date: June 1, 2011 (first published May 18th)
Hardcover, 400 pages
Barnes and Noble
Read an excerpt here
I usually use thrillers and mysteries to fill in the void when I am not sure what to read. I enjoy the brain busters and trying to figure out what will happen next before they tell. These types of books don't tend to keep my attention like others, but this one was OH SO GOOD!
I loved the story line of this book. It was fascinating from the moment I picked it up. It's about a set of twin girls who are sleeping in the same bed together and one of them is taken. It's about the lives of the parents, the other sister and how they survive - or try to. It is then pulled even farther into chaos when as a mother, the twin sister not stolen has her own daughter taken! The story of how and why all of this happened had me gripping the edges of my Nook white knuckled. I really had fun trying to figure out who was guilty of what and why. It was ONE OF THE BEST THRILLERS I HAVE READ.
What a breath of fresh air to read a new and exciting plot. I had a few main points figured out, but the author did a phenomenal job of keeping me guessing. Oh yes, it did beat out James Patterson's, Women's Murder Club. (oops did I say that out loud?) It wasn't just fun, it was exciting.
I loved the characters too. Casey, my favorite, has started a company called Forensics Instincts using the best of the best to solve the crimes the police and FBI cannot. They use methods that are not considered good ones, but they get the job done. I loved the way they used body language to tell guilt when questioning the suspects. I had fun with the way she wasn't afraid to follow her instincts even if it led to trouble (as it did). Casey is strong, brilliant and a sexy woman character who is a wonderful parallel to Hutch who is the FBI agent she is sleeping with. So awesome the way Casey didn't give up her secrets just because she is sleeping with him.
I would really love to see this become a series of books. I can picture each of the Forensics Team playing out their roles in depth and delving into their personal lives - or rather what lives they may have with a job like this. I have read a few things online about it being a series, but nothing concrete yet.
Summary of the book -
If she'd only turned her head, she would have seen the car containing her daughter, struggling to escape her kidnapper. Despite years determining the fates of families, family court judge Hope Willis couldn't save her own. Now she's grasping at any hope for Krissy's rescue. She calls Casey Woods and her team of investigators, Forensic Instincts.
A behaviorist. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A former Navy SEAL. Unconventional operatives. All with unique talents and reasons for joining Casey's group.
Able to accurately read people after the briefest encounter, Casey picks up signs of a nervous spouse, a guilty conscience, a nanny that hides on her cell. She watches as secrets creep into the open.
But time is running out, and the authorities are bound by the legal system. Not Casey's team. For they know that the difference between Krissy coming back alive and disappearing forever could be as small as a suspect's rapid breathing, or as deep as Hope's dark family history.