Lost Innocents

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Maddy Blake is a wife, a mom, and a stained-glass artist who is just getting over a very bad year. Her husband Doug, a high school teacher, has been acquitted of sexual misconduct with a student, but the trial has left the Blakes depleted of their finances and their self respect. When a 15-year-old babysitter turns up dead and the toddler she was watching is nowhere to be found, all eyes look to Doug. Plagued by doubts of Doug's innocence and intrigued by a priest for whom her feelings are anything but spiritual,...

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Overview

Maddy Blake is a wife, a mom, and a stained-glass artist who is just getting over a very bad year. Her husband Doug, a high school teacher, has been acquitted of sexual misconduct with a student, but the trial has left the Blakes depleted of their finances and their self respect. When a 15-year-old babysitter turns up dead and the toddler she was watching is nowhere to be found, all eyes look to Doug. Plagued by doubts of Doug's innocence and intrigued by a priest for whom her feelings are anything but spiritual, Maddy is all too preoccupied with her efforts to keep her life from falling apart, and realizes too late that she is in mortal danger.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446607599
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 4.27 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    Outstanding

    This is the second time that I read this book and I enjoyed it immensely. Patricia MacDonald has a great writing style and I don't know why I didn't pursue reading her other works but I will now. This book kept you guessing all the way through. There was never a dull moment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    Very Suspenseful

    This is the first Patricia MacDonald book that I have read and would purchase another just based on her being the author. It was a very suspenseful mystery. A real page turner. Maddy was a likable character who really got a raw deal but in the end it turned out alright. Would recommend to anyone who wants to read a good mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    good!

    Is really the better book from Patricia MacdonalD!

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