Cruelty to Innocents

Cruelty to Innocents

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by CK Webb, DJ Weaver
What if you were in your car alone with your small child and you came upon an emergency scene? Would you stop to help? What if, while you are trying to assist a victim of an accident or mugging, you left your young child alone in the car, thinking he or she would be safe. What if, instead of help, the call to 911 brought a terrifying, sinister result?



What if you were in your car alone with your small child and you came upon an emergency scene? Would you stop to help? What if, while you are trying to assist a victim of an accident or mugging, you left your young child alone in the car, thinking he or she would be safe. What if, instead of help, the call to 911 brought a terrifying, sinister result?

Someone’s abducting children from 911 emergency scenes in Aberdeen Maryland, while their parents call for help and lend aid to accident victims. Someone who’s also listening in, is a monster and vicious child abductor. In the midst of the chaos and confusion of the scene, that monster slips in and steals the innocent children leaving behind no trace for authorities.

Sloanne Kelly is unprepared for what awaits in her hometown as she travels back to Maryland. Her goddaughter is one of the victims and the clock is ticking. Together with her best friend and a local fireman, Shawn Tyler, Sloanne will face the most insidious of criminals and fight to recover the children before there is anymore, Cruelty to Innocents.

Editorial Reviews

John Locke
“A girl goes missing…and time is running out in this explosive debut novel by CK Webb and DJ Weaver. “Cruelty to Innocents” is a riveting thriller that ratchets up the adrenaline and forces you to turn the pages faster and faster as you hope for the best, while fearing the worst. This is a poignant, big-hearted novel that finds good in the midst of evil, hope in the midst of despair."
–John Locke, Bestselling Author of “Saving Rachel”
Tasha Alexander
“A kidnapped child is every parent’s worst nightmare—but imagine how you’d feel if your daughter were snatched away while you were distracted trying to save someone else’s life. Set in the sort of town where we all take safety for granted, The 911 Abductions is a heart wrenching, emotional roller coaster readers won’t soon forget.”
–Tasha Alexander, Bestselling Author of “Dangerous to Know”

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Suspense Publishing
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911 Abduction Series , #1
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Meet the Author

CK Webb was born and raised in Mississippi, and dreamed of writing like the greats; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe, and Stephen King, to name a few. CK joined the US Navy and traveled the world, but eventually returned to settle down in the tiny town of Millport, Alabama. A self-proclaimed ‘reformed bad girl’, this thirty-something writer now shares her life with her husband and two beautiful children. CK also enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and book club. Although CK delights in preying on the fears of others and enjoys killing people…thankfully she does it the legal way; in her novels. She has just completed the first two novels in the Innocents series which she co-wrote with her best-friend and mother, DJ Weaver. CK writes in a variety of other genres and also writes articles and book reviews for Suspense Magazine.

DJ Weaver originally hails from Pascagoula, Mississippi, but relocated to north Mississippi in 1980. She took courses at Mississippi University for Woman and Mississippi State University, studying paralegalism and Human Resources Management and has worked in the clerical field for twenty-five years.
DJ, along with her daughter and best friend, CK Webb, recently completed the first two in the three-novel Innocents series. She also writes in a variety of other genres.
When she isn‘t writing, DJ develops and maintains WebbWeaver Review blog, where she reviews books and interviews published authors regularly. She serves as co-chairwoman of WebbWeaver Book Club and also writes book reviews for Suspense Magazine.
DJ is a 50-something year old mother and grandmother who now works part-time and makes her home in Millport Alabama.

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Cruelty to Innocents 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
tomriddell More than 1 year ago
Very rarely do I ever give *anything* 5 stars- but this debut novel by CK Webb and DJ Weaver deserves nothing less. The story line will grip you and you'll find yourself right along side the characters... in this suspenseful tale of childhood abduction. When I found my emotions getting caught in my throat- and when I couldn't stop turning the pages- I knew CK and DJ had a hit on their hands. Go ahead- stop everything you're doing and buy this book! If you've ever had to call 911 before- and if you ever have to call 911 again when you're out in the public- you'll certainly remember this story. It won't let you forget- and that's a good thing. We look forward to more from CK and DJ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will never forget this story. It is that good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you think twice about helping others in dire need
MamaMouse More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with Chloe Jacobs and her 13 year old daughter, Danielle, doing a little grocery shopping. When Chloe stops to help an elderly gentleman who has collapsed on the floor, the last thing she is thinking is that her daughter would be in danger. But she was. While Chloe gives assistance to the unconscious man, someone kidnaps her daughter. The police are called and of course handle it like most calls for missing teenagers. Are you sure she didn’t just run away? Chloe is out of her mind with worry and decides she needs help. She calls her friend Sloanne to come and help her through this terrible time. Sloanne has the instincts of a detective because of years of guidance from her police officer father and his partner, Patrick Louchilin. Uncle Patty, as Sloanne calls him, is now retired and runs a security firm and does consulting work for the police department. Together, they decide to do some investigating on their own to help find Danielle’s kidnapper. I think what immediately captured me with this book is that the bad guy preyed on good Samaritans with children. As a mom, you immediately feel the terror of Chloe when she starts looking for her daughter. Every moment you cannot find your child is pure hell. You fight the panic that threatens to overwhelm all of your senses. The authors did a great job in describing the nightmare that Chloe was going through. The authors, C.K. Webb and D.J. Weaver, take you on a suspense filled journey through the town of Aberdeen as other children start to turn up missing. Finally, the police believe that something is going on. But is it too late for the children that have already been taken? I did enjoy the book and I found myself reading well into the night because I just had to find out who was and who was not the villain in this story. C.K. Webb and D.J. Weaver created a great cast of characters who all could have been involved, but you just aren’t sure until it is actually revealed in the book who the bad guy really is or isn’t. I know I had one guy in mind that I was very suspicious of for a while and I kept thinking, please don’t let it be him! LoL
Romancelover5 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This debut novel of these two authors is an amazing ride. The suspense pulls you in immediately. The story of an abduction of a child is scary, but the novel doesn't leave you there. It then begins to weave the story of the many people involved and the feeling and flavor of an entire town. The organization and flow of this book was totally professional, pulling me along, introducing new characters and fully fleshing them out for me. Everyone seemed so real and the story so believable I felt like I was walking the streets of Aberdeen. I did not guess the ending, either...and I often do! So masterfully written, Cruelty to Innocents shouldn't be missed by anyone who loves a mystery or thriller...with a little love story tucked in here and there for us romantics. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It was an amazing read and I hope to heck they are coming out with a sequel, because I want to walk with these characters again!
Bestobooks More than 1 year ago
This story starts off with a bang and never lets go! The "what-if" scenario that drives the plot is "what-if" a Good Samaritan stops to help out someone who has an emergency and then a young child is snatched from the kind person's vehicle? And what if this happens more than once in a small town where everyone routinely helps each other out? This is the main plot of Cruelty to Innocents, with a couple of interesting side plots involving the protagonist's relationships with her old family friend whom she calls her "Uncle", her best childhood friend,and an old flame. Can you really go home again and not be adversely affected? A must-read for lovers of contemporary suspense! Rae- Best O' Books Reviews
MavenDA More than 1 year ago
CK Webb and DJ Weaver have co-authored this well-written, suspense novel with numerous twists and turns. The unknown and the desire to know more keep you riveted to every word and each and every page. This dynamic mother-daughter duo have managed to write a book in such a way that it makes the reader feel like they are actually viewing a movie as they read it. I could mentally visualize all that was taking place making it virtually impossible to not become part of the action. I eagerly returned to read this book time and time again in order to see what could possibly happen next as the clues unfolded to solve the mystery in "Cruelty To Innocents". You will not be able to put this book down.
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Horrible! It read like a high school paper. vs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I felt rushed, I feel I didn't get to know the characters very much. The author put too many events in 143 pages. There was so little background on the characters, that I didn't get to form a picture in my mind of any of them. To me thats makes a good read. The plot was good and this could have been a really good book if the author had taken more time and more pages to write it. This was only 99 cents, so maybe I shouldn't complain I really don't like to read books who are only 100 or so pages long because they are going to lack substance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angelfirewithwings More than 1 year ago
Cruelty to Innocents by Ck Webb & DJ Weaver I found this story a bit surreal with the Caylee Anthony story just coming to an end, and in my opinion, a disappointing one. But I digress. CK and DJ wrote this book in such a way that it put the reader into the story and I was able to feel what the characters were going through and to be honest, it was not a pleasant experience. I do have kids, all grown, but I do have grand kids and I could not imagine either one of them being kidnapped. It is parent's and families worst nightmare. It was brilliance the way they made all this happen during a 9-1-1 call! I have never came across another book like this in all the years I have been reading. This took total imagination and creativity and I felt it was awesome! This book is riveting and it makes you sit on the edge of your seat, yet you can't wait to turn the page to see what happens next! It blends in and plays on a person's worst nightmare and that is abduction of a child but with a total twist in a way that a person would actually be waiting in the wings to kidnap children from 9-1-1- emergency calls. When everything is in chaos and people are preoccupied with what is going on around them, they tend to let their guard down, just for a split second and that is all it takes for a predator to take a child. Bravo, bravo, bravo, and brilliant! I would like to know what made you come up with this idea for a what could be called a 'typical' abduction story if you had not put a huge twist on it. I cannot wait to read more of their work and I thoroughly enjoyed Cruelty to Innocents and I give it five stars all the way!! I highly recommend it and if you would like a nice thriller to curl up with that will pull at those heart strings and touch on your worst nightmare, pick up a copy!!! I give Cruelty to Innocents five stars ***** Reviewed by Nora Barteau
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors' writing style is stiff and formal making what should have been intense, emotional moments flat and lifeless. The dialog was forced and didn't flow in a natural way. The characters did not have distinct, individual voices. They all spoke in the same manner. The plot was predictable and the big "twist" at the end could be seen from ten miles away and if I am catching your spelling errors... you're in trouble. I liked the premis of children being taken from 9-1-1 scenes I just dont't think it was well written. Having said that, I have much respect for anyone who puts themselves out there and takes the chance. It is more than I have done.
BushyHairedStranger More than 1 year ago
The plot was completely improbable, the characters cliche, and the suspense NIL . Nancy Drew is more entertaining than this bunch!