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- Print Length: 249 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: LMS Press (27 July 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ILMZIQ4
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #679,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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THE MISSING (L.A.P.D. Special Investigations Book 4) Kindle Edition
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The family ranch setting was the perfect place for a couple to work out their differences while the danger amped up. I fell in love with the hero and cheered for the heroine as the tragic past reared its ugly head, but they worked through the storms and did not fall into the same patterns that took them down the first time--I loved how they made something new with each other. Both the protagonists had been through so much, but their maturity of introspection and tentative hopefulness of possible re-connection was believable and logical, as well as very emotional. The love scenes were tasteful and tender.
The story hits all the high and low points of what it takes to try again with someone without failing again. It takes a skillful author to pull off a great love story in the midst of mounting danger, but the author does exactly that. But this is more than a love story. It is about trust, which is much harder to earn than love. The stakes are really high and this is their last chance for...something. The plot has a lot of twists and turns and I enjoyed where the story went, and especially, how I felt when I read the last page: Amazed.
If you enjoy contemporary romantic suspense and also, second-chance love stories, I recommend THE MISSING for a satisfying long read. I loved it. Five stars and recommended.
Reviewer: Charlotte M. Liebel
The creative, eye-opening researcher and journalistic novice writes ‘in your face’ stories for “The Achilles Heel” magazine in California. Readers are challenged by the best selling author of romance novels and awards, Linda Style, who leads audiences into family tragedy coupled with terror and narrow escapes from a random criminal. This suspenseful tale dares the reader to follow the fearless journals of missing children by Julianna Chevalair. Here is a woman with a purpose whose life is in jeopardy.
Best friend and former father-in-law lives on a ranch, alone, and Julianna accepts his invitation to visit. About this time, her ex-husband shows up unexpectedly. Of course, Detective Luke Coltrane meets with a 911 prowler call by local police as he tries making his night visit after years of absence. This encounter might have triggered Julianna’s higher anxiety because she is running from a potential killer.
Unfortunately, Luke and Juliana had gone through personal tragedy that ended in divorce. Dad and son do not connect emotionally, as well. The threesome are incompatible. Well and good if all can leave a helper for Abe and end their unfinished business. However, complications have already been set.
Abe is ill with complications. Julianna (Jules) is trying to complete the magazine’s article by deadline. Luke is working on two high profile cases with contacts in Los Angeles.
Things could get worse. Abe and Julianna get along, fine. She confides in him. It’s a long shot, but Abe confides in Luke about Jules’ safety. Suddenly, Luke hits on the connection from his past resources in his detective work and the stories that Jules is writing. Also, Abe recognizes smoldering ashes ready to be ignited. This story is an impressive read toward sustaining happiness from a man’s point-of-view. Dad and son, here, exchange valuable words of wisdom. It’s a two-way exchange for couples, as well.
A lot of stuff is going down, now. Readers are learning about Luke’s distancing problems with Jules. Detectives are covering Luke’s diversified options. Cold cases, as well as the current ones, are on the table. Luke gets a couple of his pals to look into stored files. Linked witnesses, murders, suspects, and disappearing family members get attention. Sudden flashbacks alert readers to zoom in on suspects!
However, recall all those Cold Cases on TV? Are you prepared for the most frightening of murder suspects?
Author Linda Style engages the reader with romance, crime and mystery stories. She has won numerous awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, and most recently, the Holt Medallion Award of Merit. In this story, Ms.Style shares her expertise in unscrambling the diversified meanderings of detectives and police files.
A terrific stand-alone book in a Series . Recommend: THE MISSING (L.A.P.D. Special Investigations Book 4) by Linda Style. [Verified Purchase]
THE MISSING (L.A.P.D. Special Investigations Book 4)
I finished reading “The Missing” by Linda Style few days ago. I wanted to see if the emotions of the story waned in my imagination… they haven’t.
While it had total hold of my emotions, I felt compelled to put myself on the next page. Notice I didn’t say, read the next page. No, I felt emotionally part of the story, walking, running, hiding, loving, hating along with each of the characters.
Why would fiction be so gripping, so able to bring out and wring out your emotions page after page. Because the story is truth-to-life, the plot is realistic and the characters exhibit their full range of humanity.
Like all good novels whose characters share your space, you always want more. No, not because “The Missing” needs more, it’s that as a reader you want the character’s stories to go on…
I highly recommend “The Missing,” by Linda Style. I give it 5 stars.
Robert J. Sadler
Jules uses her position as an investigative journalist to work through her emotions and to get her life back on track. Children are going missing and she wants to keep them in the public's eye through her magazine series. Luke, as a Police Detective, wasn't allowed to work on the case originally - but as a cold case he can get involved. I gave this book five stars for complex, well-developed characters working together to solve problems and for the plot which left no loose ends. Even though this is listed as book 4, I definitely recommend it as it does stand alone - any necessary background on other characters is given.