Please welcome Sophia Rose to the blog with one of my favorite authors. Little Girl Gone by Amanda Stevens is the first novel in the Procedural Crime series. Grab a cuppa and see what Sophia has to say about it.
Little Girl Gone
by Amanda Stevens
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Nothing matters more to her when a child’s life is at stake.
Special agent Thea Lamb returns to her hometown to search for a child whose disappearance echoes a twenty-eight-year-old cold case—her twin sister’s abduction. Working with her former partner, Jake Stillwell, Thea must overcome the pain, doubt and guilt that have tormented her for years and denied her a meaningful relationship. For both Thea and Jake, the job always came first…until now.
Sophia Rose’s Review
An FBI Special Agent dealing in cold cases is called back to her hometown when her mother is desperate after a second child disappears under some of the same eerie circumstances as twenty-eight years before when they lost Thea’s twin. Second chance romance and thrilling suspense from an already familiar author sounded just the thing.
After finishing up the last in a series from the author’s older series, I was almost gleeful when I came across this new release in a new series from her. Little Girl Gone is standalone in the modern day child disappearance and brings Thea back into contact with an estranged mother and her ex- partner at work and romance. She tries to put the past aside as they work to save this second missing child with the clock ticking since the disappearance from the same bedroom her twin sister Maya had 28 years before. Some of the same people are around Reggie, of course, and her newly released boyfriend from the time, a weirdo neighbor, Kylie’s abusive dad, and more, but also a set of bones turns up. Thea is on the trail and it is no longer cold and the danger is close.
There is the complication of Thea’s relationship with her mother, Reggie, and that was woven into the suspense particularly as Thea is starting to recall stuff from the older case now that the new case is being investigated and wants answers.
Thea and Jake had their careers get in their way when Jake took a promotion. They are professional, but uneasy at first. The spark is still there and they iron things out as they work with Jake’s team to find little Kylie. I enjoyed that the romance was in balance with the situation since a poor, scared child was out there missing and that had to be the priority, but there is still progress.
There were lagging moments, but for the most part- especially since the author really lavished the local scene with atmosphere, I enjoyed this one. It ended on a good note though there are unresolved bits about the older cold case that I imagine carries forward into the next book with a new case. Those who enjoy FBI romantic suspense settings and a thriller-tone should definitely try this one.
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