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Newly minted Special Agent Liv Bergen races against time to solve a child kidnapping--which could take a fatal turn--with the help of her gifted nephew Noah
From birth, Noah Hogarty has lived with severe cerebral palsy. He is nearly blind, unable to speak, and cannot run, walk, or crawl. Yet his mind works just as well as any other twelve-year-old's--maybe even better. And Noah holds a secret dream: to become a great spy, following in the footsteps of his aunt, Liv ''Boots'' Bergen.
Now, freshly returned from training at Quantico, FBI agent Liv Bergen is thrown into her first professional case. Working side by side with veteran agent Streeter Pierce, enigmatic agent and lover Jack Linwood, and her bloodhound Beulah, Liv must race to find five-year-old Max--last seen at the Denver International Airport--before this Christmastime abduction turns deadly. Meanwhile Noah, housebound, becomes wrapped up in identifying the young face he sees watching him from his neighbor's bedroom window, but he can neither describe nor inscribe what he knows.
And his investigation may lead to Noah paying the ultimate price in fulfilling his dream.
Noah's Rainy Day (the fourth novel in Brannan's mystery series) combines classic Liv Bergen irreverence and brainpower with an unflinching look at the darkest of human motivations, all while a whirlpool of increasingly terrifying events threatens to engulf Liv and Noah both in one final rainy day.
Having recently signed up to Net Galley after receiving an invite, I was asked if I would like to have a look at Sandra Brannan's 4th Liz Bergen book. As it has been frequently pointed out to me that there is an imbalance in the number of books I read by females, I quelled the misgivings my OCD-self felt about starting at the 4th book in the series and accepted.
My progress through the book was slightly fragmented due to a holiday in the middle of reading this via my laptop. Despite the stop/start nature, I enjoyed the tale and was interested in both the outcome and the relationships between the characters, especially Liz, Streeter and Jack.
My initial disbelief at the involvement of a "green" agent in a prominent, high profile case of child abduction was for the most part satisfied through subsequent dealings in the book with the child's father, though a small part of me still seems a little bit incredulous that the FBI would be susceptible to pressure from a financier. Similarly the continued involvement of Liz in the hunt for missing Max and her nephew Noah, once it became apparent there was a more personal involvement seemed a wee bit of a stretch.
Minor gripes aside, the story was entertaining and held my interest. There was a curious dynamic between Liz and Streeter which was apparent, but not having reference to the previous books I'm unsure what if anything caused the slight tension. It added a little bit extra to the book in my opinion.
The other main character within the book was Liz's nephew Noah. Noah, a 12 year old boy suffers from severe cerebral palsy and whilst the condition affects him physically, mentally he's very switched on and aware. Personally, my knowledge of the condition is limited, but the author portrayed the boy and his family sympathetically and reminded me that physical appearances can be deceptive; you have to look beyond the "broken boy" part and acknowledge the person inside, who has feelings, abilities and intelligence. A timely and welcome reminder from the author for me, when encountering those with disabilities or medical conditions.
The plot unfolded swiftly, mirroring the point than in child abductions the first 24 hours are crucial. Interesting cast of characters, well-written, satisfactory conclusion........more than enough to off-set the couple of issues I had above.
4 from 5
As mentioned earlier, I gained access to this through the Net Galley website.
I haven't read the first three books in this series, it may have helped to clarify some of the relationships in the book but it wasn't really necessary.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like it as the subject is very upsetting but it is handled and written with a great deal of delicacy and skill. Although some of the ends were tied up a bit too neatly, overall it was a well-paced read.
Noah is a strong character even though he suffers from Cerebral Palsy and is unable to communicate in the normal fashion. His family have worked out a system that allows them to communicate with him and life is rather good. His aunt Liv is staying with the family until she can sell her house and she gets on very well with Noah, she treats him like an adult and gives him a special pin that records audio. She works for the FBI and is the handler for a search and rescue dog named Beulah.
When she finds a backpack whilst out on a training exercise with Beulah, she gets Noah to help her find out whose it is but before they solve the case, Liv is called out to the airport as a little boy as gone missing.
Whilst Liv is working the case, Noah realises that the little boy is next door with a neighbour that no-one likes. It takes a while before he can make anyone understand what he has seen and by then it's almost too late.
With a thrilling ending and a great story line throughout, it was one that I ended up staying up late to see what was going to happen next.
I'm going to see if I can find the first three from this series that's how much I enjoyed reading this one.
The mystery revolves around the abduction of a 5 year old boy, an unaccompanied minor in transit to Los Angeles, who disappears during a stopover in Denver. Young Max is the child of rich, divorcing parents who bicker at every opportunity. Liv Bergen is a newly qualified FBI agent, who knows the boy’s father because he once dated her sister. Liv is currently living with another sister, Noah’s mother. She is working alongside experienced agents Streeter Pierce, with whom she feels a strong connection and Jack Linwood, who she is dating.
It was too pat; too easy to understand where the book was going and how the perpetrator was going to be caught, and as the boy’s Whilst I liked the character of Noah and enjoyed the way in which he was central to the solving of the crime, I didn’t especially like the book overall. parents were so hideously vain and self-centred, it was difficult to feel much empathy towards them.
I’m not sure about Liv Bergen either; on the whole I prefer my FBI agents to be a little less love-struck, but that’s just me.
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16/11 - Before starting I was worried that this, being the fourth book in the series, would go over my head, as I haven't read any of the previous books. Usually, I'm a stickler for reading series in order, so I'm going completely against all I believe in when I read Noah's Rainy Day without reading In the Belly of Jonah. I've only read the prologue, so far, but already I felt the need to start writing my review, to say something about what I'd read. Noah is a twelve year old with cerebral palsy. He is an intelligent boy stuck in a prison of a body, waiting for it to betray him even further with broken bones, pain and death. The prologue is written in Noah's voice and already I'm finding it enthralling listening. To be continued...
Same day, a little while later - Three chapters in and I'm no longer worried that I'm going to have trouble reading this in the 2.5 days I have before it expires - it's that exciting. The first chapter was from the PoV of a child abductor and possible paedophile as he watched and waited for another child who needed rescuing to come along. You see he was abused by his father as a child and now he does everything in his power to rescue other children from their parents, including dressing up in security guard, janitor or park ranger uniforms in order to blend into his environment. He has done this unknown times before but something has always gone wrong and he's had to start again, 'rescue' another child and take them home with him where they'll have a better life than they could have with their 'abusive' parents. The child that he's found today, at the airport, is an unaccompanied minor being chaperoned through the airport by an airline employee. The employee is late to meet his date at one of the airport bars and lets go of the little boy's hand. He sees this and gets out his lure, a bag of MMs, which he uses to draw the boy into a nearby family-use toilet (one of those large toilets that have the sink and toilet in the same lockable room with enough space to fit a family of four with room to spare). That would be the most dreadful situation, to entrust your child to an airline employee, who is supposed to accompany your child from one parent's arms to another, only for them to be more interested in their date's anger than the child's welfare. I would be so angry (angry's not really strong enough a word, but it's the only one I can think of at the moment) at his callous behaviour that if I ever met the employee I might beat him to death with my bare hands.
The second and third chapters follow newly-minted Special Agent Liv Bergen as she attempts to train her new partner, bloodhound Beulah, to find criminals. Unfortunately, the only thing she finds during this exercise is a hungry mountain lion. It seems that Special Agent Liv needs some more training when it comes to making decisions under pressure because as soon as the mountain lion leaps at her she drops her hunting knife and big stick and makes a run for it - starting a mountain lion's favourite game, chasing down their prey. Fortunately, Liv's brother-in-law Michael is in the vicinity playing the criminal for Beulah to find and he's got a gun. Michael fires a shot that scares the cat away seconds before it can rip her spinal cord out. As she's picking herself up and Michael's asking her why the hell she decided to attempt to outrun a mountain lion Liv notices a young boy's backpack partially buried in the undergrowth and takes it back to town thinking to try to find out who it belongs to. If I'm not mistaken this is where the paedophile story intersects with hers (although I could be mistaken, maybe this is just a random find that won't mean anything to anyone for another hundred pages or so), although considering her newness to the FBI I'd be surprised if she was asked to work on a child abduction case so soon, especially not if her nephew is somehow involved (as the prologue suggests may be the case). To be continued...
The same day, another few hours later - This is great, the writing and different voices are drawing me in and at the end of every chapter I think "Oh, I'll just read this chapter and then go and do...(some random activity)" but then that chapter is so good I use the same reasoning for reading the next chapter, and on and on until suddenly I've been sitting there trying to get away from the laptop for hours. I have come across a couple of editing problems, including an embarrassing example on page 66 where the word 'waste' is used instead of 'waist' when discussing someone crossing their arms at their waist. Overall, it's mostly error free, something I've found to be the case with the NetGalley books I've read so far. NetGalley ebooks seem to be of a higher quality than the free or highly discounted Kindle books, it's always a pleasant surprise after some of the horror stories of editing and plotting I've read from friend's reviews. To be continued...
17/ 11 - It seems I was a bit premature in my praise of NetGalley ebooks' error-freeness as I'm getting awkward sentence structure, missing words and jumbled sentences that tell me the author was going to write the sentence one way and then changed her mind but neglected to go back and delete the original sentence before starting the new version. For example:
"...the tiny blue backpack with yellow puppies running and jumping and circling the fabric made me realise I had much a lot of work to do..." on page 101
"...an opera singer, before becoming being discovered as a model." on page 99.
If the errors, particularly the jumbled sentences (as they are the cause of much re-reading in order to understand the sentence), continue I might have to deduct half a star, which would be a real shame as this story is pretty perfect for me. We switch between the 1st person PoV of two characters, Liv and Noah, 2nd person for the occasional scenes narrated by the child abductor and 3rd person to tell the story of other featured characters, like Special Agent Streeter Pierce (such an unfortunate name, I keep thinking streaker). To be continued...
The same day, a little while later - Yes!! I'm so excited, Amazon has all the previous Liv Bergen books at only $0.97 each for Kindle. I might even pay for this one so I can have it to keep and read again after I've read the other three first. Very, very happy! I just checked Amazon on a whim, not really expecting to see the three other books from the series, and really not expecting to see them at a price I'm happy to pay for unknown ebooks on a normal day, let alone when it's a book I'm loving more than any previous ebook I've read. To be continued...
The same day, many hours later - How horrible would it be to be physically unable to say the things you want, in fact need to say? I get so frustrated on behalf of Noah that he can't communicate easily with anyone other than his nine-year-old sister (who isn't always to be trusted, according to their parents). Even when he does his best to make the necessary noises to attract his parents' attention, they just talk over him like he's a baby and doesn't warrant the same level of attention as other twelve-year-olds whos powers of speech aren't limited to grunts and groans. In general, I get frustrated by parents who don't listen to their children, take for granted that anything they say is exaggerated, involves an imaginary friend or are just plain lies. I'm sure Noah's parents don't mean to ignore him, but I do feel like they could a little more effort into learning to understand what he's saying using Emma's 5-finger-method (which is ingenious for a nine-year-old to come up with). It's like parents of a deaf child not trying to learn to sign. How can they ever hope to have a connection with Noah if all communication has to go through his younger sister, who they don't trust not to make up stuff? Oooh! I could just shake them. To be continued...
18/11 - Finally!! Liv and the rest of the FBI team have realised that Little Max's abduction had nothing to do with his parents, their money or anyone that has ever known him - it was a true 'stranger abduction' by a truly crazy man. I thought they'd never get it. Now we just have to make it through some very frustrating scenes of Noah's parents not understanding him or taking what he saw seriously enough. I can now see that there's a much bigger connection between Liv and the kidnapper than just finding a missing backpack (although I am wondering if the backpack belongs to one of the kidnapper's previous victims, who, once they made him angry enough, were 'set free' in the woods), the kidnapper actually lives next door to her sister Frances, and her husband Gabriel. I've only got 100 pages of what looks like nail-biting, speed-reading because I need to know what happens action, but it's 1:30 am and I have to get up at 8. I don't think I can pull another almost all nighter like I have been doing all week in order to get my 'about to expire' NetGalley books read before they disappear off my laptop. This is the best of the four I had to read by the 18th, but my eyes feel like they're full of sand and my bum has gone numb from sitting up in bed for the last four hours - I'm sure they're both signs that I need to go to sleep ASAP. To be continued...
19/11 - FANTASTIC!! The best ebook I've read (admittedly, I've only read about 20 due to my normal aversion to them, but still). I loved Noah, he was honest and intelligent and savvy to the ways of adults. His attitude and bravery beyond that of most adults helped me to forget that he had cerebral palsy - that he couldn't communicate with most people, couldn't physically save Little Max. The way Noah was observant of sights, smells and sounds around him made me think about what most of us observe, or don't as the case may be, on a daily basis. The little things that might be important, but because we're too busy doing stuff we don't notice them, .but I'm sure Noah would. I did continue to notice little editing/grammar errors but none as bad as the two examples I gave above, so I've only deducted 1/2 a star for that. Besides those niggly little errors this book was pretty much perfect. I found the Liv's voice completely distinct from Noah's, it didn't feel like the same person speaking just with a different name heading their chapter, I felt like I was hearing the thoughts of two completely different characters and it was great. I don't believe you have to have read the previous three books, I mean it would have been nice if I had, but it's definitely not necessary to enjoy this book. I would favourably compare this to my favourite crime writer Patricia Cornwell and I would be interested in owning the paperback set. I can't wait to read more of Brannan (I just hope they live up to the expectations set by this book), but they're not at the top of the list as I have other not-long-from-expiring NetGalley books to read first.
This is a slight change of pace from the other Liv Bergen books in that it deals with missing children instead of a murder. However, I do not believe that followers of the series will have a problem in this because the overall style of writing remains the same with Brannan's ability to look at the emotions and reasons behind the mystery, the in depth character development, complex weaving of themes, and use of different character's viewpoints.
Brannan shows her amazing writing ability in this book to authentically show the viewpoint of Noah. In addition, her ability to spin a plot/mystery and surprise the reader are just like her other books in this series. I really found myself surprised at the ending.
Additionally, like the other books that end on a bit of a relationship cliffhanger between Liv and Streeter, this book ends with a perfect and beautiful moment with Liv and Streeter.
I am already re-reading the other books and looking foward to the next one whatever it is.
Noah's Rainy Day travels down a dark road of child abduction and into the sick mind of the criminal, but more than that, it allows us a glimpse into the mind of a child with a disability and we become better human beings because if it.
This latest Liv Bergen Mystery is an emotional roller coaster, but ultimately it's a reminder that strength comes in many different varieties. My words cannot do this book justice.
YOU MUST READ IT!