Three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.
Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.
Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.
As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.
Genre: Romance – Mystery, Second-Chance, Kidnapping
Part of a Series: Yes – Book 2 of the Deadly Secrets Series Characters from Book 1 show up but it’s not necessary to read book 1 in order to enjoy book 2
POV: Multiple but mostly Alec and Deavon
Steam level: Warm at times
This book is even better than the first book. I like mysteries that keep me guessing and this one did that quite well. i had no idea who the top dog bad guy puppeteer was, the links between these kids, or what happened to them when taken. Since this book deals with kidnapping, it could have been an extremely tough read but it was okay. Not too emotional but just enough to keep you interested, invested and caring. Just as I could feel myself drifting something else would happen that would draw me right back in to the story. At one point I remember thinking “this book is f**ked up” and going right back in to read more.
Naughton does an excellent job showing how different families react after tragedies strike. It seems realistic with blame, other children, and couple’s relationships. Naughton also does a great job exploring class and how their voices are heard (or not heard). And, of course, addiction, since Alec is a recovering alcoholic. Naughton depicts his recovery and struggle very well – especially dealing with the triggers around him (his father, his missing daughter, his relationship with his ex)
If you like mysteries or romantic suspense that is gritty then this is the book for you.
I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for free from the author/publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily giving an honest review.
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