Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt is the first book in the NEW “Afton Tangler” thriller series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, July 2016
In the first Afton Tangler thriller, the unforgiving cold of a Minnesota winter hides the truth behind an even more chilling crime…
On a frozen night in an affluent neighborhood of Minneapolis, a baby is abducted from her home after her teenage babysitter is violently assaulted. The parents are frantic, the police are baffled, and, with the perpetrator already in the wind, the trail is getting colder by the second.
As family liaison officer with the Minneapolis P.D., it’s Afton Tangler’s job to deal with the emotional aftermath of terrible crimes—but she’s never faced a case quite as brutal as this. Each development is more heartbreaking than the last and the only lead is a collection of seemingly unrelated clues.
But, most disturbing of all, Afton begins to suspect that this case is not isolated. Whoever did this has taken babies before—and if Afton doesn’t solve this crime soon, more children are sure to go missing . . .
The author got me good by delivering a well-written drama that completely captured my attention from beginning to an ending worthy of the all the pages that preceded It. From the start we know who did it but what we see is how this case is investigated and solved and that is what makes this tale so enticingly intriguing. Afton is one determined and gutsy protagonist and I like how she thinks in this fast-paced and intensifying thriller that kept me riveted to all that was happening with anticipated action and reaction. The multiple point of views enhanced the telling of this tale which gave me a great perspective on the various players in this story. The narrative kept me immersed in all that was transpiring giving me that heart-pounding moment when I knew everything was going to be as it should. A great read and I’m looking forward to the next book in this exciting new series.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) book from the author.