This is a present-day detective story with elements of the paranormal included. Can a ghost really kidnap a baby?
Nina Davidson took over her father's investigation business after his death. He and a woman named Mylika Evans simultaneously shot each other to death. The incident (Nina was there at the time) is a source of frequent nightmares for Nina.
A woman named Lakeisha brought her baby, Terrence, to an adult party, and was less than diligent about keeping an eye on him. The baby disappears, and Lakeisha claims that an ghost is the culprit. Nina is very skeptical. Nina receives a couple of phone messages full of strange noises that can't be easily explained.
For Nina, a much more likely suspect is Maurice, Lakeisha's ex-husband, who spends most of the year in the Caribbean. The divorce was not amicable. What makes this more than the usual kidnapping is that notes from the kidnapper mention Nina by name, and mention a locket that the kidnapper very much wants returned (what locket?).
Suddenly, Terrence is returned, safe and sound. Case closed, right? Not for Nina. Tracing the locket, she meets a man who attacks her in his basement apartment, thinking that she is out to get him. After Nina disarms him, she finds that he has covered his walls with crosses made of lamb's blood. He is very scared of the locket, and refuses to leave his apartment. Soon after Nina leaves him, something literally frightens him to death.
As Nina gets closer to the truth, people involved in the case start turning up dead. Can a ghost be a kidnapper and murderer? Is the explanation actually something more down-to-earth?
This is a really good modern day detective story with just a touch of strange in it. The reader will certainly be kept guessing until the end. On the negative side, it could probably use a trip to a proofreader or copyeditor. It's not a major problem by any means. Overall, this novel is certainly good enough to be bought and published by a legitimate publisher.