From Goodreads: 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.
Harlequin has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, through Netgalley, prior to its upcoming release on May 31, and I must say, I really enjoyed it. Now, I will admit that I was wary when I began reading. As this novel revolves around the kidnapping of five year old Krissy, I was worried that it might deal with pedophilia, and if that was the case, there was no way I was reading it. I was very happy to find, however, this is not one of those the break your heart, can’t finish reading, gruesome kidnapping novels, and Kane makes this clear fairly early on in the novel. So, if you’re anything like me, rest assured; it’s a safe read.
There were many side stories in this novel, and while it mainly focuses on Casey and her Forensic Instincts team, I enjoyed reading about the FBI’s involvement, the skeletons in the Willis family closet, and even the mobs perspective within the story. As it’s told solely from the third person omniscient point of view, Kane is also able to easily glide into Krissy’s thoughts and feelings, and even those of the kidnapper, reminding the reader of the imminent danger while the mystery unfolds and the characters learn vital information about the case and each other.
While the kidnapper’s identity is not revealed until the end of the novel, I found his/her identity fairly obvious due to the sheer amount of allusion and foreshadowing in the story. I was a little disappointed that I was able to figure it out so quickly, yet Kane still adds suspense to the novel, and keeps the reader engaged through the mechanics of the kidnapping. The hows and whys, and the fact that there is an accomplice no one would suspect, make up for the early foreshadowing of the true kidnapper. Four stars.