Book Review and Giveaway: Collecting Innocents

Synopsis: Highway travel can be lonely and treacherous. Broken down vehicles litter the Emergency Lane like corpses on a battlefield. What if you were alone with no one to call when you found yourself stranded? Your only companion: your small child sleeping in the back seat. What would you do?

On I-10 in Louisiana the answer is simple … you use the Emergency Call Box. But, while you sigh a breath of relief in the knowledge that help is on its way, a much more sinister listener has heard your 911 call.

Calls for help are coming in from Emergency Call Boxes along I-10 in Louisiana. But when the State Trooper or wrecker service arrives to assist, there is no sign of the vehicle. Days later, the driver is found savagely murdered with no trace of their tiny passenger in sight.

When a police officer, formerly of the Aberdeen Police Department, sees a twisted pattern of murder and child abduction arising from 911 calls, he contacts Sloanne Kelly, now known for her work with child abduction cases. Together, Sloanne, Shawn Tyler and Mac Mackenzie, with the help of reporter Birney Sullivan, go on the hunt for a killer and the innocent children he is collecting.

My thoughts: This is the second book in the 911 Abduction Series, and it’s just as exciting as the first, Cruelty to Innocents. Sometimes sequels fall into a category where they can’t stand on their own because they’re a continuation of the previous story, but these authors have done an excellent job of avoiding that pitfall. Although I highly recommend beginning this series with the first book, readers could easily pick up Collecting Innocents and understand the characters’ motives and what happened to them previously.

One of the things that impressed me the most about this book–and, really, the entire series thus far–is the authors’ intimate knowledge of police procedures and what happens at each crime scene. The little details they include brings authenticity to their work and establishes great credibility for them as the authors.

Each character is well-rounded and unique, and this book catches us up with some old faces and introduces us to some new ones–both from Aberdeen and other areas. We quickly learn that Sloanne and Shawn, our two main characters from the first book, have established a private investigators’ office and are helping solve abduction cases where children are involved. We also learn that the team has created quite a name for itself in the days since the Aberdeen attacks, and the entire team is passionately committed to helping reunite children with their families.

Overall, I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from these amazing authors. The 911 Abduction Series will keep you guessing until the very last page of each book and keep you reading well into the night.

And now, let’s have some fun! In honor of CK Webb and DJ Weaver’s blog tour to introduce Collecting Innocents to you, I’m giving away a copy of the book! To win, you must leave  a comment on this post (and include your e-mail address) before midnight tonight. I will randomly select one winner  tomorrow. Good luck!

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