Lost Innocents

Lost Innocents

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by Patricia MacDonald
     
 
A pulse-pounding novel of domestic bliss gone horribly awry. After a 15-year-old babysitter disappears from a park with her infant charge, Maddy Blake, like everyone in this sleepy suburban town, is shaken. The teenager's naked body is recovered but a manhunt for the missing toddler turns up nothing.Next Maddy is in an auto accident, and invites the grim

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A pulse-pounding novel of domestic bliss gone horribly awry. After a 15-year-old babysitter disappears from a park with her infant charge, Maddy Blake, like everyone in this sleepy suburban town, is shaken. The teenager's naked body is recovered but a manhunt for the missing toddler turns up nothing.Next Maddy is in an auto accident, and invites the grim out-of-towners in the other car to stay at the Blake's home while their van is repaired. With homelife strained, Maddy turns to to the local priest, whose vows are challenged by her beauty and her feelings for him. Maddy has followed the case of the missing baby with with some detachment -- until the police arrive at her door.Maddy's husband, Doug, recently acquitted of sexual misconduct charges levied by the shy daughter of the local police chief, has become the chief suspect in the disappearance. Maddy's world begins to unravel.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mothers and children are the emotional fulcrum of thriller veteran MacDonald's well-plotted but shallow latest novel. Six-month-old Justin Wallace and his teenage baby-sitter are abducted from a small-town park; the police find the baby-sitter's body in the woods, but baby Justin's fate is unclear. Meanwhile, high-school teacher Doug Blake has just been exonerated of sexually harassing the daughter of the local police chief, but his compulsive attraction to his teenage charges threatens the happiness of his wife, Maddy, and their small daughter. Soon witnesses place Doug at the scene of the abduction. Is the police chief simply carrying out a vendetta against Doug? Or does Doug know more than he admits? Maddy battles a dangerous attraction to her charismatic priest, Father Nick, as she tries to hold her world together. Other suspects include a childless, middle-aged woman obsessed with the death of her son and a sinister born-again couple who move into the Blakes' house after a minor car accident and arouse Maddy's suspicions: Could their beautiful child be Justin Wallace? Maddy's knowledge puts her into a perilous situation from which only Father Nick can save her. Despite this competent sequence of events, the novel suffers from MacDonald's superficial insight into characters, and the happy ending to Maddy's tribulations is all-too predictable. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446516877
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/03/1998
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.04(d)

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