Little Girl Taken – ARC Book Review

Little Girl Taken: An absolutely gripping and heart-pounding crime thriller (Detective Madison Harper Book 3) by [Wendy Dranfield]

Rain rattles through the trees as she leans into the car, careful not to touch anything. Two pretty blue eyes stare back through the dark, wide with relief, or maybe fear. A baby girl, wrapped up in a pink snowsuit, reaches out a tiny hand. Her mother is nowhere to be found…

An abandoned baby is the last thing Detective Madison Harper expects to find as she drives to her first day back at work since the case that ripped her life apart. But as she cradles the shivering child close, all her instincts tell her there’s something more sinister at play. Then she finds a lone sneaker down a muddy trail nearby, the laces spattered with blood…

In a town as small as Lost Creek, Colorado, the baby and the shoe are quickly identified as belonging to Kacie Larson, a waitress at the local diner who quietly stashed away her tips to make a better life for her daughter. A mother herself, Madison can’t believe that Kacie would just abandon her child, but she also can’t convince her new team. Not for the first time, Madison feels she must go it alone to get the job done.

But when a body is pulled from a nearby lake, and it’s not Kacie, the case takes an agonizing turn. Is this missing mother really who she says she is? Is there a chance she’s still alive? Madison barely has time to think before the sweet little girl she rescued is snatched on a crowded street. Gone, in the blink of an eye.

To break this case and earn her place back on the force, Madison must learn to trust her team, and herself againand fast. If she doesn’t find this twisted individual in time, a little girl could die…

No. of pages:- 313 pages

Publisher:- Bookouture

Date published:- will be published on July 29th 2021

Genre:- Thriller

Rating :-

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Detective Madison Harper returns back with Book 3!

After clearing her name and catching the real murderer in Book 2, Detective Harper joins back the force and in order to gain trust among the coworkers, she gets involved in a case when a baby was left alone in a car with no sight of the mother and soon, the mother is identified that as Kacie Larson, who is working as a waitress at a diner owned by a man named Vince. Vince records podcasts and in one of his last podcasts, he had invited a man named Shane, who is a prolific, crime writer. And Shane has also gone missing on the same night as Kacie had gone missing. Meanwhile, Nate’s friend, Rex is murdered by Father Connor though the San Diego PD firmly believes Nate as the suspect. Time running out, Madison must find Kacie and help her friend Nate by proving him that he was innocent.

Like the previous books, I enjoyed this book and had a roller coaster ride with it! From the first page till the end, I was so hooked into the story as the story was intense, intriguing with twists and turns on the way that you wouldn’t expect! I am not going to give too much spoilers but I am so happy that finally, Father Connor was caught and is sent behind the bars that I almost leaped in joy! The author, again did a good job of making the reader hook into the story and I was so hooked that I couldn’t wait till the end as to what really happened to Kacie. The book is fast paced and I felt like I was in a roller coaster ride getting goosebumps on the way! As for the characters, Madison and Nate would be my favorite characters and was rooting for Madison that her first case will be successful!

Overall, it was a fast paced thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns that you simply wouldn’t want to put this book down–worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC–the review is based on my honest opinion only.

Wendy Dranfield

Wendy is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband and 3 cats.

Her first novel (The Girl Who Died) was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition. Since then she has written two crime series – one follows Officer Dean Matheson on his quest to make detective, and the other is her current series which follows Detective Madison Harper as she tries to reclaim her life after spending six years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit.

As well as crime novels Wendy also has short stories published in various anthologies in the UK and the US, and she has been shortlisted and longlisted for various writing competitions.

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