June 26, 2011


BOOK DESCRIPTION:  Despite all her years determining the fates of families, veteran family court judge Hope Willis couldn't save her own. She never saw the car containing her kidnapped daughter, struggling to get out. Now she's frantically grasping at anything that might result in Krissy's rescue. Her husband dead-set against it, she calls Casey Woods, the head of Forensic Instincts, a renegade team of investigators, with a reputation for doing whatever it takes to solve life-or-death crimes.

A behaviorist. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A former Navy S.E.A.L. A retired FBI Victim Recovery dog. All unconventional operatives. All with unique talents, skills, and personal reasons for being part of Casey's team.

Now they're up against what appears to be a precision kidnapping of a five-year-old. A strange distraction belies Hope Willis' desperation. Her husband, a cut-throat defense attorney, has a clear agenda of his own. Together, they have more than their fair share of enemies. Motives and suspects abound. But beneath the surface, lies a decades-old secret that threatens Forensic Instincts' investigation, along with any hope of finding Krissy.

Time is running out, and even with the little girl's life on the line the authorities are working round the clock within the confines of the legal system. Casey knows that staying within those confines is not enough. Not when the difference between bringing Krissy back alive and disappearing forever could be as shallow as a suspect's rapid breathing, or as deep as Hope's dark family history.

Picking up a book by an unfamiliar author and finding an incredible story within its pages is often reward enough but being able to add that author to your "must read" list is an added bonus.  Both feats were accomplished with Andrea Kane's The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

I love mysteries and thrillers.  When I find a mystery/thriller that keeps me involved, that has a good story and doesn't insult my intelligence, I'm happy.  It's been a happy few days around my house with The Girl Who Disappeared Twice.

All mystery/thriller requisites are covered in this slick, tight read.  A missing child, a handful of viable suspects and a clock that is ticking.  Main protagonist Casey Woods is smart, quick on her feet and driven - - the perfect heroine for such a novel  I liked her immediately and I felt I knew her, giving me a quick connection to her.  Likewise her team of private investigators - - I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their technologies and methods of tracking down their prey.  And I love any book that has a dog or cat as a major part of the story! 

The investigation was fascinating to read, in part because the questions were not answered too soon and Ms. Kane defly wove the mystery of the two child abductions together, seamlessly and cleverly.  She keeps the reader on edge, waiting for more, desperately needing the answers to this tale, and feeling intensely for these characters. 

Where The Girl Who Disappeared Twice really succeeds is the writing, which is flawless.  The story reads as smooth as the finest silk and at no point did I question why a character would be acting in such a fashion or speaking in such a way.  No plot points from the story seem forced or driven just to move the story forward; everything is fluid. 

By the same token, Ms. Kane gives the reader solid character development.  You can relate to Casey in the same way that you can ache for grieving mother Hope and frightened child Krissy.  The only weak link in this writer's opinion with the character development is FBI agent Hutch, which I hope will be further clarified in a subsequent book featuring this wonderful team and cast of characters. 

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice is a fantastic read for mystery and thriller fans.  There is very mild profanity in a few areas and a couple of sexual situations but nothing graphic on either front and nothing that would be offensive to the majority of readers. 

For fans of Ms. Kane's who are looking for pure romance, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice will be a letdown as romance is not the first objective of this book.  However, the storyline is so strong - - even after figuring out the identity of the kidnapper halfway through - - your desire for romance will quickly be forgotten. 

I would not hesitate to recommend The Girl Who Disappeared Twice to any reader looking for a good read with memorable characters and something you don't want to put down.  It's an involving read but not so heavy that you can't whip it out at the pool.   So impressed was I with this book that Andrea Kane has been added to my "must read" list and I hope that she decides to make a series out of Casey Woods and her intrepid Forensic Instincts team. 

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice is available for purchase now at major booksellers, including Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission.

For information on author Andrea Kane, please visit her website

Review copy of this book provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I've been wondering about this one. I was intrigued by the title and the description sounds amazing. After reading your review and you speaking so highly of it, looks like it's going on the wishlist. Thanks for the great review!

Marce said...

I really enjoyed this one also and think she will give us more of that team, yaaay.

I recommend Twisted if you want another by her.

Lori Johnston said...

Thanks for stopping by, Michelle. I would highly recommend this one - - I though it was a great read. My first by Andrea Kane and not my last!

Thanks, Marce. I will definitely check out Twisted and double yaaaay on getting more of Casey and her team!