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Search and Rescue

(Claire Abbott Mystery #1)

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When a young woman goes missing on a nature trail, small-town journalist Claire Abbott is first on the scene, as usual. The clues to the woman's whereabouts are misleading, but Claire has a sixth sense--what the fire chief calls a "radar for crime." Trusting her intuition, Claire insists that the search and rescue team look elsewhere for clues to the woman's disappearance. ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Rapid Reads
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This novella is a part of the "Rapid Reads" series which seems more like an abridged version of a novel. They are geared towards those who want quick reads or those struggling with the English language (ESL). I am a huge fan of Gail Anderson-Dargatz so I had to read it, but I felt like something is missing so I am going to pass on the rest of the books. I do hope that Anderson-Dargatz writes a suspense novel!
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This was a great addition to the Rapid Reads program. I've read several books in the program and sometimes the Rapidation (Rapid Reads adaptation) of an existing character leaves something to be desired. Usually the character doesn't feel as fully formed. However, the use of established characters means that readers can eventually graduate to the original books. Fortunately, Gail Anderson-Dargatz's main character—Claire Abbott—felt fully-formed in the Rapidation. Claire's personal struggles were ...more
Claire is a reporter who inherited a “gift” from her mother. She has hunches and sees visions of people in distress who need help. Teenager Amber has gone missing, and though Claire can see where she is, the head of the search and rescue team doesn't believe her, so she takes it upon herself to go find Amber...

I received an Advanced Reader's Copy to review. It's a “Rapid Reads” book, so it's not long. I'd say it's about novella length at 102 pages. I really enjoyed it, though. There was lots hap
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novella is called a Rapid Read from the publisher because it is short, but also hard to put down. This is a mystery with an engaging main character who is a reporter with a bit more than intuition. It has great potential as a series, or as a longer novel if the author is so inclined. A few mild uses of language are present, but it could still be appropriate for younger teens as well as adults. The shorter length might appeal to some of my students who are reluctant readers. The suspense and ...more
Toni Osborne
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a Rapid Reads, a 100 pages mystery and an excellent book for those just looking for a fast read. This is the first novel in a series featuring journalist and sleuth Claire Abbott.

This book is definitely not taxing, a good story with not fuss and lots of suspense. We follow Claire on a snowy chase up a mountainside looking for a young woman gone missing on a nature trail.

The mystery has an engaging story line with good characterization and is nicely written in a simple prose. Although wa
Ruth Linka
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A small town reporter who seems to find trouble, Claire Abbott is a thoroughly likeable character. Claire is determined to help find a kidnapped girl. Her sense of what is right is very strong and compelling. Along the way she sometimes puts the feelings of others and practical worries aside to follow what she believes in. I hope we see more of Claire soon.
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute, short mystery. Nothing to write home about. Straightforward and easy to read. I read this while volunteering with an adult literacy program. Definitely good for adults who can’t read well.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick read, with a few too many clichés.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Here's the review I wrote for Booklist:

Gut instinct leads small-town reporter Claire Abbott to fires, car accidents, and every other manner of rural crime and mayhem. When a local teen goes missing in the wilderness, Claire’s sixth sense intensifies and sends her on a deadly rescue mission that places her at the heart of the story. Claire’s kooky mom and a couple of hunky rescue workers make appearances, but their personalities are secondary to the action in this fast-paced thriller. Anderson-Da
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Small-town newspaper reporter Claire Abbott is on her way to a dinner date, when she feels that familiar tug in her gut again and knows she must listen to it. These tugs always lead her to someone in trouble, whether it’s a house fire or a car accident--often before even the police or fire department arrive. This has earned her the nickname “Radar.” Claire’s mother is known around town for her strange psychic abilities and Claire wants to avoid that embarrassment at all costs.

Yet when Claire sho
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Reviewed for the Southwest Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group (RL 3.0)

Published under Raven Book's (Orca imprint) quite accurately billed Rapid Reads series, this is a quick paced mystery with a Stephanie Plum-esque reporter as the protagonist. Her sixth sense gives her an advantage when tracking down news stories in the small town of Black Lake.

Claire quickly becomes involved in the search for a missing 17YO girl after her "remote viewing" ability surfaces and she has a vision of Amber M
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novella was a quick read. It follows a reporter who suddenly has a vision of where a missing teenager can be found. Of course no one believes her, so it's up to her and her Mom to save the girl!
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice and suspenseful - part of Orca's Rapid Reads series
Steph (loves water)
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
It was OK, more like a short story that would've worked better in a book of other short stories.
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