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All That Remains

A Missing & Exploited Suspense Series, Volume 1
Lu par : Kevin Clay
Durée : 6 h et 58 min
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A broken cop. A fragile child. Will they save each other?  

Detective Harvey Sam's training at The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children prepared him for the most important case of his career to date: the abduction of eight-year-old Gabriel Wheeler. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the boy's blame-shifting mother from hell who shoots up instead of alerting police when the boy goes missing. Nor is Harvey equipped to deal with the heartbreak when his girlfriend leaves him on the same night, taking Effie, the nonbiological young daughter Harvey adores.  

The case goes cold when Harvey fails to interview Effie's best friend, the only witness able to identify the perpetrator's car. As police resources are wasted on dead ends and wrong suspects, Gabriel receives unlikely help to escape from Willard Crawley, a simpleminded abductor seeking a replacement for the infant brother he accidentally suffocated years before.  

Audiobook one in the Missing and Exploited Suspense series, All That Remains explores childhood resiliency in a dangerous adult world.

©2017 Hannah Holborn (P)2018 Hannah Holborn

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  • 27/03/2019

Sad But Uplifting Story

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Here, Gabriel is being raised by a drug-addled prostitute mother. She is frequently too out of it to be real mother or even notice Gabriel. Gabriel is raising himself and he loves school. He is in the Christmas pageant and he promised his teacher he would attend. However, when his mother is again lost to the world in a drug induced haze, Gabriel makes his way to the school alone. After arriving at the pageant, he is kidnapped. His mother does not even notice that he has gone. Detective Sam, whose GF and her daughter leave him that very same night, is assigned to the case.

This is a well-written psychological suspense story. The subject matter deals with abused/damaged children and the adults these children can become. While at times, it was a difficult read, due to the subject matter, it was still full of hope and difficult to put down. This isn't a whodunit mystery. It is a character-driven story, as we learn about the the lives of all those linked to the disappearance of Gabriel. Although dark in parts, I loved that Gabriel was portrayed as such an extremely resilient little boy. Detective Sam, along with most of the MC's, is flawed but very believable as he tries to deal with the loss of his own child [well, his GF's child] while looking for Gabriel and being taunted by Gabriel's n'er do-well mother when he cannot immediately find him.

The narrator did a very good job conveying the sadness and hope of this story.