Lost Angelby Marilyn Wallace
Valerie Vincent, a single mother, is struggling to make a life for herself in New York City. Her toddler daughter, Joanna, is safe - she assumes - in the hands of a trusted family friend. Until the day she sees her baby's face on the television news. Her caregiver has been murdered, and the baby is being taken care of by the police. But when her mother arrives,… See more details below
Valerie Vincent, a single mother, is struggling to make a life for herself in New York City. Her toddler daughter, Joanna, is safe - she assumes - in the hands of a trusted family friend. Until the day she sees her baby's face on the television news. Her caregiver has been murdered, and the baby is being taken care of by the police. But when her mother arrives, frantic, to claim the child, she is already gone - taken by another woman! Who could have done such a monstrous thing? Valerie's alcoholic ex-husband? His fanatically religious parents, who view Valerie as the devil incarnate? Perhaps even those who worship the devil himself? Or maybe someone much less likely - and much closer to home. For Valerie, the hunt becomes a race against time. If the child was taken by Satanists, she may already have been spirited away for deadly ritual sacrifice. Now a mother must literally put her own life in jeopardy to save that of her child. And whom can Valerie trust, when even those closest to her may not be what they seem?
- Random House Publishing Group
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I'll warn you ahead of time that this review might give away the story--so stop here if you haven't read it yet! This novel started out so good and the short, quick chapters added to the fast pace of the overall plot. However, the ending was completely implausible. Without giving it away, the idea that someone would resort to murder and kidnapping for so skimpy a reason just didn't work for me. And why the DASH group would so quickly abandon their principles (kooky as they might be) for money just didn't work either. I should have read the book jacket which compared the writer to Mary Higgins Clark. I might not have picked it up then. Clark's stories are often resolved with the explanation of a main character committing the crime because they are insane. It's an easy out, because no rational person, even if misguided, would do the things they do. Sorry, but on this one I think it's just a let down at the end.
If you appreciate beautifully written suspense novels, you'll love this one