Monday, September 23, 2013

Hidden by Thomas Hall



Shortly after the untimely death of his wife, Jonathan Allen is now faced with the abduction of his son.  With local police, FBI and a few good 'men' on his side, it's a race against time to get his son back.  Once they figure out the abduction is most likely linked to a child pornography ring, it opens up a whole new world filled with non-leads.

Usually when a book is labeled as suspense, I scoff.  I don't just scoff, I scooooooooff.  It takes a lot to put me in suspense mode.  Perhaps most people are easier, but I freely admit that I'm a difficult girl.  This book is adequately labeled suspense.  I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen long enough to eat or sleep.  I had to know what was going to happen next and as the bodies started to pile up and I thought I might be unraveling the entire mystery, something new would pop in to keep my on my toes.  Some of the mystery I was able to figure out ahead of time but the rest of it kept slamming into me.  It truly was me reading a suspense book.  I was held from the beginning until the epilogue.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

Another new for me, I found myself horrified and scared.  I kept imagining if this were happening to my own son and I couldn't help myself. 

It was amazing to watch the way that the different investigators worked together.  One would have a lead or a hunch and the rest would jump right in.  I found it ideal and surprising, but definitely realistic.

As for the child pornography, this is a new area for me that I've read little about.  Though there are a few graphic images described, it doesn't go overboard.  We get just enough to inflame our anger and outrage to make us really have feelings for the 'bad guys' here.  When justice is meted out, in whatever form it happens to come, I found myself feeling overwhelmed that the world was a little more righted again. 

This may be difficult for some people to read, simply because of the fact that it does deal in child pornography.  Those that believe they can get past that though, it really was a wonderful read.  The storytelling kept me entranced and I found myself engrossed in another world.  Not only suspense, but surprise and fascinating hounded me through my reading.

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