They are the perfect family. But perfection is fragile.
Cal Hudson knows the world can be an ugly place. As a reporter for a big Chicago newspaper, Cal has journeyed into society’s darkest corners to expose the vilest crimes. But the world he and his devoted wife, Faith, share with their son is much nicer. They have made sure of it, creating a tranquil haven in suburban River Ridge to protect the person most precious to them.
Until the unthinkable happens, and nine-year-old Gage vanishes.
In a split second at a local carnival, the Hudsons’ storybook world begins unraveling. A frantic search starts to uncover splinters in their carefully crafted facade, revealing buried secrets that cast just as much suspicion on Cal and Faith as any ill-meaning stranger, and proving that the line between love and violence can disappear as suddenly as a child on a chaotic midway.
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Just finished “ Last Seen” could not stop till I reached the end. Once again Mofina delivers a hit!
Great book. This is the first time I have read this author but I will definitely seek out his other books. The storyline was intriguing and kept me questioning who was behind the abduction.
Great suspense I could not put it down. I will be checking other books by this author
Last Seen by Rick Mofina is a highly recommended police procedural where everyone character and motives are in question and there is no clear suspect. Cal and Faith Hudson have taken their nine-year-old son, Gage, to the carnival where Gage is determined to go through The Chambers of Dread. Gage and his friends have all dared each other to go through the horror house, so he is excited. As the family goes through the horror house, they get separated at the end and all exit individually - but Gage doesn't come out. Cal and Faith immediately start looking for Gage and ask the carnival ride manager to help. Finally, with Gage nowhere in sight, they call the police and the search begins in earnest to find the missing child. But, along with the look into the carnival employees, and other directions, the investigation also begins to look in earnest at Cal and Faith. As with most families, there are buried secrets in the Hudson's marriage. Additionally, Cal is a crime reported for a large Chicago newspaper, which begs the question did someone Cal write about launch into a vendetta against him, targeting his son? And who is the strange man with whom Faith seems to have a private connection. Can any family survive their secrets exposed? And can Gage be found before time runs out? Mofina has written a tense, evenly paced procedural here where the interviews of the suspects and the parents are all presented along with the new evidence revealed and the leads detectives and the FBI follow. We know inside evidence and suspicious characters as the investigation continues. The novel follows the investigation by the day. The thing is that everyone is suspect here. Cal and Faith have secrets along with other people. This is a perfect choice for readers who love procedurals. Mofina keeps the tension high and the pace moves quickly as more and more information is uncovered. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of MIRA Books.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States -- that's roughly 2,000 per day. Of those, there are 115 child "stranger abduction" cases each year, which means the child was taken by an unknown person. This is probably a parent's worst nightmare .. "if" they didn't have anything to do with the child's disappearance. Cal Hudson is a crime reporter. He's covered lots of stories, but never ever thought the evilness that exists in the world today would ever touch him or his family. Cal and his wife, Faith, took their your son to a carnival, And that is where the story begins. The boy disappears with his parents standing right beside him. Then becomes the frantic search .. by the parents, police, carnies, family friends. The FBI takes over and immediately starts questioning the parents. But it's when both parents fail the lie detector tests that change everything the police thought. Both parents have secrets ... both feel guilty .... both have done things that look really, really bad for them. But where is their son? And who took him? Why? Wow .. this is one of those books that you cannot stop reading! There are so many suspects ...all people who have a past, secrets, lies. From parents to carnies to family to friends ... they all are to be mistrusted. There are seemingly no clues to what happened...at first. This is such a well written story with credible characters .... characters that finally turn away from each other and start pointing fingers. Disingenuous? Or heartfelt? This is a story that will stay with you for a really long time. Many thanks to the author / Harlequin / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.