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The Girl Who Disappeared Twice (Forensic Instincts #1)

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Despite all her years determining the fates of families, judge Hope Willis couldn't save her own. Her daughter taken,

she's frantically grasping at any hope for Krissy's return.

Her husband dead-set against it, Hope calls a team not

bound by the legal system.

Forensic Instincts: a behaviorist. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. An ex-Navy SEAL.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Mira (first published January 1st 2004)
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First off let me saw that I am not a big fan of Kane's writing style. The story is meant for adults, but the writing is seems like it was meant for high schoolers. It was simple, but not with the class or grace that someone like Agatha Christie has. Christie's stories are simply written, yet elegant in their plot and twists; Kane's book is simple in both plot and writing. Not that that's bad, it just jolted me out of the story more than once.

The dialogue was also a little stilted occasionally. T
Deborah Sloan

Have you ever noticed when you read a great book that you've fallen in love with the characters so much that you just know in your heart that they'll return in another book in the future? That's what I thought when I read The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane. Not so much for Judge Hope Willis and her family whose story is told in this book about the disappearance of their young daughter which has a similar impact on the family as when her own sister disappeared several years ago. Imagin
Ian Wood
A more detailed review of this novel can be found at my blog.

The novel starts out looking like it might be good, but quickly sheds that impression. Casey (trope name alert!) Woods heads an organization called Forensic Instinct, along with her two partners: an ex-SEAL called Marc Devereaux, and an electronics nerd called Ryan McKay. How this fantastical organization is funded is left as a complete mystery.

After a brief intro, the team is hired by Judge Hope Willis to find her kidnapped 5 year old
Alison Wallace Projansky
I was very disappointed. Predictable, lackluster writing, no character development. Why did I read "the whole thing?" I kept thinking it must get better, it couldn't be that inane.... It was.
I haven't read any Andrea Kane before, and I was in a bit of a mystery mood when I saw this book on a library mystery display. It was disappointing. The opening scenes were well done and quickly got my attention. But by the time I'd finished chapter 4, I had figured out who did it - or at least generally what was going on. I continued reading more to see how it was resolved rather than who-dun-it, and that became a mess of former mob ties, lots of red herrings, and some awkward romance. Thirty-t ...more
The Sunday Book Review

Let me start off by saying if you like the new show "Criminal Mind: Suspect Behaviour", you will like this book. Very early on, we find out who the suspect is - which was a bit of a let down for me. Fortunately, the rest of book deals with the why. Why would someone kidnap a young girl.

The story flows nicely, the writing is well done. I must say, personally I was a bit disillusioned that I was able to figure it out so quickly. While the rest of the story was still exciting and fast paced, it did
The only reason I stayed with this book was to see if I was correct about whodunnit. I figured it out very early, and the title sort of gives it away, so I think that would be the first thing I would change, were I the editor.

The writing was kind of lame - way too many conversations explaining simple stuff, with declarative sentences, that made you feel like the author thought you were stupid. Sometimes it was too cutesy and moronic - especially the banter between the Forensic Institute employee
Interesting premise, but didn't quite hold together. Lot's of stock characters, none of whom are original or compelling. Basically, this is a series "pilot". Establishes the team for books yet to come. I won't be bothering to read any of them.
I have very few rules about what I WON'T read.

I won't read novels about vampire lovers.

I won't read books with pictures of over-endowed and half-dressed pouty women (or men, for that matter) on the dust cover.

I won't read books that glorify sadism or sadists.

I won't read books about Hitler.

And I won't read mystery or crime books in which children or animals are the victims. Other than that, most anything goes.

Why, then, did I wind up reading this book in which a five-year-old child is the vi
I hate when I can predict the ending of a book. Its fun to try and guess what the twist is, and what everything is leading up to. And I don't mind figuring it out in the last two chapters - that makes me feel clever. But when I guess the ending of a book in the FIRST two chapters, it irritates me. Yet, I continued reading because I needed to make sure I was right (I was). Some of the dialogue was unrealistic - people just don't talk that way. Overall, it was an okay book. I didn't hate the book ...more
Casey Woods is contacted by a frantic Judge Hope Willis who explains that her daughter has been kidnapped and wants Casey's team on the case. Forensic Instincts is a group of experts who aren't afraid to bend the law to get their job done. Now they are helping the police and FBI search for Krissy Willis who was taken from school grounds. Soon Casey and her team are uncovering possible connections to the mob, a possible ransom, and secrets from another kidnapping 30 years ago.

As the team intervie
Stephen Hayes
A child is kidnapped and within minutes the local police, the New York State Police and the FBI are on the case, along with several other experts from groups with various initials. But despite all their effort they are unable to find any trace of the missing girl.

The desperate mother then calls in the private team of Forensic Instincts, and these are all joined by another detective who investigated the kidnapping of the mother's twin sister 32 years previously, but had failed to solve the case.
För 32 år sedan blev Hope Willis tvillingsyster kidnappad.
Nu, blir hennes dotter kidnappad på samma sätt.
Är ödet bara grymt eller har kidnappningarna något sammanband?

Casey woods gillar inte att vara polis under stränga lagar. Hon vill åt brottslingar med hjälp av alla medel och bestämde sig därför för att starta utredningsföretaget Forensic Instincts tillsammans med FBI- kriminalaren Marc som älskar att använda sina knytnävar och datageniet Ryan som bygger in robotar för att ta sig in i brott
I've really enjoyed Andrea Kane's books in the past - most recently the Sloane Burbank books which were nicely dark and twisty - but something about this new book didn't quite work for me and I'm not sure what it is.

Hope Willis is a judge with a tragedy in her past. When she was a child her twin sister was abducted from the bed in which they were sleeping. She was never seen again. That disappearance broke Hope's family to pieces but now, as an adult, she seems to have everything in order. She's
Casey Woods' 3-person crime-solving startup, Forensic Instincts, takes on the troubling disappearance of the child of an honest judge and her shyster-y defense atty husband. Before long, Woods is also working on the long-ago disappearance of the honest judge's twin sister as well. Reads like a TV series waiting to happen, with some good and some dreadful dialogue, and definite socially conservative leanings (oh, how much easier it is to solve crimes when you are not hampered by those terrible re ...more
I read a lot in this genre and even though I had heard of this author, this was the first I have read from her.

I really enjoyed this. The storyline and kidnapper were obvious but I actually really enjoyed the entire storyline. I liked all of the characters and enjoyed getting to know all of their basic stories. There was times I wanted to slap Hope and her stupid husband up side of the head but to be honest I wasn't reading the story because of those characters.
I loved Casey and the rest of For
I would have enjoyed this more as a book rather than audio. Although the suspense worked well in audio format reader Jim Colby didn't have the vocal skills to keep the myriad characters distinctive and his ability to voice female characters was practically nil. A female reader would have been more successful. The story itself was very interesting. When a judge's 5 year old daughter is kidnapped she doesn't just rely on the FBI, she calls in a private team, one whose objective is getting back the ...more
Katarina Pisarova
I liked this book. I really did.

I liked the cast, the writting, the interactions...

i hated i knew who was the kidnapper more or less from the start and knew who to blame the second time at the time of first mention.

Yeah, if you dont like predictable in a crime novel - RUN and dont look back - but if you dont mind and are interested in a fairly enjoyable read try this one.

Its not the best but there are faaar worse.
A Book Vacation
I really enjoyed this novel. Now, I will admit that I was wary when I began reading. As this novel revolves around the kidnapping of five year old Krissy, I was worried that it might deal with pedophilia, and if that was the case, there was no way I was reading it. I was very happy to find, however, this is not one of those the break your heart, can’t finish reading, gruesome kidnapping novels, and Kane makes this clear fairly early on in the novel. So, if you’re anything like me, rest assured; ...more
April Tolliver
a bit predictable, but not a bad read
When I listen to a book rather than read it, it is easier to continue in it, even when I have figured out that I am not enjoying it. I never liked this novel. I never developed a fondness for any of the characters. The affair of the main character, Casey, with the FBI fellow, was not erotic, was not convincing, but did eat up more time. The mother whose child was kidnapped, judge Hope Willis, did not have the strength of character I expected of a person who has moved through the legal word to ac ...more
Anne S
This book is about a woman who had a sister who was kidnapped and never heard from again as a 6 year old child. Now it's 32 years later and she's a judge, married to a high priced lawyer who is a cad. Her daughter is abducted from school and she calls in a team of experts to help with local, FBI, and other investigators to find her missing daughter.

Through the book, there are mis-leading cues to make one think that maybe it's a mob hit? maybe father of the judge had something to do with this as
UGH! Despite knowing who the kidnapper was from literally page 5, this book was poorly written. People don't speak in the way that this author described their conversations. The whole time I was reading quotes I was thinking, "Who would actually say that in real life?"

Also, the realationship between the main character and her boyfriend was completely unbelievable and I didn't care one bit about them. However, she kept talking about their fabulous sex life. WHO CARES??

Hated it.
A decent "whodunnit"-style novel that launches the Forensic Instincts series, and does a great job of casting suspicion across its plentiful characters. The sign of a good mystery is one that you cannot simply deduce the motive and conclusion to, in my eyes, and in that regard, "The Girl Who Disappeared Twice" certainly kept me guessing.

This book also does a pretty good job of creating a sense of dread, in that, once Krissy is gone, for the longest time, the reader may believe she has possibly m
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Darla Stokes
This is my first book by this author.

I liked the Forensics Instincts company--a group with diverse talents working together to solve crimes. I think it has a lot of potential.

I'm personally extremely skeptical of psychics (not ONE has been able to collect that $1million prize?), but I can suspend disbelief and assume it's part of this story's universe.

I even liked the romantic conflict between Casey, the owner of Forensics Instincts, and Hutch, the FBI agent.

I figured out whodunit very early on
We are new to author Andrea Kane – and so sought out this her first in her “Forensic Instincts” series about a small crime-solving team of high-IQ experts reminiscent of the cast of a current similar TV show entitled “Scorpion”. Casey Woods, a former government agent and psychologist, joins with a high-tech guru and an ex-Navy Seal to take unorthodox, and in some cases, illegal means, to hunt down perpetrators.

The case at hand is the abduction of Krissy Willis, the barely school-age daughter of
Crystal Mcdow
The story itself was good, slightly predictable, but good. I wasn't a fan of the Willis family, but the investigative trio made the story. Loved the chemistry between all of them...the addition of CLAIRE-voyant, the dog, and the retired special agent were wonderful. I also enjoyed the relationship between Casey and Hutch. Can't wait to see where Andrea Kane leads this group next!
I enjoyed the story (although half of the twist was obvious by the end of the first quarter of the book), but if they reminded the reader one more time how Forensic Instincts plays by it's own rules, I was going to throw the book in frustration. I get it! Their own rules, outside the box, outside the law, by any means necessary, etc, etc. Argh!
When I first started reading this book, I was like, I just recently read a book similar to this one. High profile parents, their only child is kidnapped and the mom hires a not so conventional team to find their daughter. This one was the same way. This also took place in the NYC area, just like the other one I read. I'm not saying anything bad about this author. I would've liked a little more suspense leading up to the finding of the little girl that was taken. The story was about a little girl ...more
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