Shadow Valleyby Gwen Hunter
Mackenzie Morgan thinks she's doing the right thing by taking her teenaged daughter, Bella, into the Appalachians on a photography shoot. Fleeing a crumbling marriage, Mac needs time to bond with her daughter and escape the betrayal that still leaves her numb. But when a drifter abducts Bella and carries her deep into the steep mountain woods, Mac must draw on her deepest reserves to fight for her daughter's safe return.
When her soon-to-be ex-husband arrives, old wounds flare, and Mac turns to Caleb Howell, a local tracker, who helps keep her focused on the most important task: finding Bella. Then astonishing evidence comes to light that reveals the abduction was not as random as they first believed. As hours turn into days, Mac struggles to keep her hopeand her terrified daughteralive.
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Hunter keeps the story moving at such a breakneck pace that it's hard to put this book down. Gritty and occasionally violent, it often finds relief through humor and the romance developing between Mac and Caleb.
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While waiting for her divorce to be finalized from her cheating spouse, Mackenzie Morgan and her teenage daughter Bella take photographs of an abandoned fishery in an isolated part of the Appalachians. However, their solitude is disturbed when geologist Dell Shirley arrives on a horse accompanied by two dogs. Dell ties up Mac expecting her to die and abducts Bella.--- Refusing to sit idly by while her daughter is in trouble, Mac treks four miles although still tied up until she reaches a ranger. The police begin a search and rescue led by volunteer tracker Caleb Howell while Bella¿s dad Marlowe blames Mac and acts as the caring concerned father and martyr with the media. However, the seemingly random kidnapping runs closer to home as truths begin to surface, but the chances of Bella surviving her ordeal get slimmer by the second.--- This exhilarating suspense thriller with a romantic subplot that rightfully takes a back seat to the abduction will elate fans as the action never slows down until the final altercation. Fans will admire the courageous ¿superwoman¿ who is a lioness out to save her cub; on the other hand readers will hiss at her unsympathetic spouse who brings his latest bimbo to the Appalachians. The final twist will surprise the audience, but seems right as Gwen Hunter writes a tense search and hopefully rescue tale.--- Harriet Klausner This exhilarating suspense thriller with a romantic subplot that rightfully takes a back seat to the abduction will elate fans as the action never slows down until the final altercation. Fans will admire the courageous ¿superwoman¿ who is a lioness out to save her cub; on the other hand readers will hiss at her unsympathetic spouse who brings his latest bimbo to the Appalachians. The final twist will surprise the audience, but seems right as Gwen Hunter writes a tense search and hopefully rescue tale.--- Harriet Klausner
after reading just a few pages I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. I normally don't read modern thriller/mystery type books but Athens Jane Yellowrock series that the author writes under Faith Hunter is one of my all time favorite series so when I found out she had written this one and it was set in the Smoky Mountains I thought I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did. After just a couple of pages the action starts and doesn't let up. When Mac is helping in the search for her daughter you can feel the worry and guilt that she experiences. It's a race against time and a madman to save her daughter and shes not giving up.
So many of the mystery stories blend together and do not leave a lasting impression. This book does... I was struck by the bond the mother has for her nearly grown child in what would only be described as the most horrific of situations. Throw in a miserable ex husband, his new girl friend, and the plot is set. Good Book, a shame the last review was based on the first page. I was caught by the first paragraph.
Gwen Hunter does a great job on drawing you into the plot. I've never read any of her novels before but plan to check into other novels written by her.
This book look fantastic. Couldnt wait to start it only to be really disappointed when I saw it was written in the first person. Couldnt even get thru the first page.