for the 2006 Mary Higgins Clark Award
an assignment, nature photographer MacKenzie Morgan and her daughter
Isabella notice a man on horseback near their campsite in the
deep woods. They aren't alarmed, but they should be. He beats
Mac, leaves her for dead and kidnaps Bella.
Mac is able to save herself and get help, the police are initially
suspicious, her ex-husband is furious with her and the search
and rescue tracker in charge of the search, Caleb Howell, doesn't
want her going along. Mac defies them all by hanging in as the
search drags on for days over rough terrain and through inclement
weather, despite her injuries. She'll do anything to learn what
really happenedand to save Bella.
keeps the story moving at such a breakneck pace that it's hard
to put this book down. Gritty and occasionally violent, it often
finds relief through humour and the romance developing between
Mac and Caleb.
Witmet, ROMANTIC TIMES MAGAZINE
Exhilarating Suspense Thriller, Five Stars
While waiting for her divorce to be finalized from her cheating
spouse, Mackenzie Morgan and her teenage daughter Bella take photographs
of an abandoned fishery in an isolated part of the Appalachians.
However, their solitude is disturbed when geologist Dell Shirley
arrives on a horse accompanied by two dogs. Dell ties up Mac expecting
her to die and abducts Bella.
to sit idly by while her daughter is in trouble, Mac treks four
miles although still tied up until she reaches a ranger. The police
begin a search and rescue led by volunteer tracker Caleb Howell
while Bella's dad Marlowe blames Mac and acts as the caring concerned
father and martyr with the media. However, the seemingly random
kidnapping runs closer to home as truths begin to surface, but
the chances of Bella surviving her ordeal get slimmer by the second.
exhilarating suspense thriller with a romantic subplot that rightfully
takes a back seat to the abduction will elate fans as the action
never slows down until the final altercation. Fans will admire
the courageous "superwoman" who is a lioness out to
save her cub; on the other hand readers will hiss at her unsympathetic
spouse who brings his latest bimbo to the Appalachians. The final
twist will surprise the audience, but seems right as Gwen Hunter
writes a tense search and hopefully rescue tale.
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