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Monday, November 7, 2011

Collecting Innocents by CK Webb and DJ Weaver (Book Review)

Title: Collecting Innocents (The Second Novel in the 911 Abduction Series)
Authors: CK Webb and DJ Weaver
Publisher: Suspense Publishing

About the book: 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:  Let me just say quickly, that even though this is the second book in the series, it read very well as a stand alone.  Be warned - there is a good chance that you will want to go back and read the first book, Cruelty to Innocents, when you are done!

I enjoyed getting to know Sloanne and Shawn, the founders of Saving Angels and learning about the work that they did in finding abducted children. They worked well together with Birney and Mac, and even though they tended to "stretch" the boundaries sometime, they backed each other up and generally came out without too many scratches because of it.

If anything, this book shows how vulnerable - and how trusting - people can be.  When stranded on a stretch of highway, don't trust someone just because they show up with a tow truck!  Sometimes they can be a wolf in sheep's clothing!  But it isn't just women with children that were at risk in this book - anybody with a child could be in possible danger.  The way that they were subdued was unusual, as well as the different ways that the adults who were murdered were found! 

I was drawn in with the first abduction and caught myself holding my breath each time someone else was taken.  I thought I had figured out who the abductor was, but it turned out that I was wrong!  I always like it when I am not able to figure out the book before it is revealed to me!  I would recommend this book to those that like thrillers or suspense.

Find out more about the series at the authors' website.  You can also connect with CK Webb on twitter.

~I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the authors in exchange for my review.~ 

Publisher/Publication Date: Kindle Edition - Suspense Publishing, Oct 2011
ASIN: B005Z731FE
211 pages

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