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The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

(Forensic Instincts #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,636 ratings  ·  524 reviews
She couldn't stop it.Not then.Not now.

If she'd only turned her head, she would have seen the car containing her daughter, struggling to get out. Struggling to escape her kidnapper.

Despite all her years determining the fates of families, veteran family court judge Hope Willis couldn't save her own. Now she's frantically grasping at any hope for Krissy's rescue. Her husband
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2004)
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Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, fiction
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
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 v
Deborah Sloan
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
The ratings for this book are all over the place. The book is somewhat unbelievable in the cooperation between various government and private agencies. Additionally, the main independent agency has a cast of characters that are somewhat over the top. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. (It is fiction after all.) There are some twists in the story line, but I was able to predict the ending. Despite this, it was an enjoyable, quick read and I will see if the second book in the series deve ...more
Alison Wallace Projansky
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love, it did not end well
I enjoyed this book a lot. It went into such great detail of the kidnapping of the six year old daughter. I wouldn't have been able to come up with all of that. The plot kept going and it was flowing with creativity. I imaigine it must have taken a large amount of time to make this book possible. There must have been lots of planning involved to make it just right. This book as I mentioned was about a six year old girl getting kidnapped. There are perspectives from the police and you know what's ...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
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the libraries closed due to coronavirus, I've only got one library book left to read so I will be hitting my bookshelves hard and reading some of my older books. Not a bad thing at all. Something I've been needing to do for a long time.

This romantic suspense from 2011 is the first of the Forensic Instincts series. I've read several of the sequels and I'm interested in getting back to see how the series originated.

Casey Woods founded Forensic Instincts, a private investigative firm. Casey ha
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very VERY pleased to stumble upon this first installment in why I hope will be a psychologically-thrilling mystery series
Aug 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The book was more focused on the case rather than the characters. I only got to know them on the professional level (that they're the best in their field).
There were bits and snippets about their personalities but not much. I didn't mind because this being the first book so I was hoping to get to know them more in the other books. Also, there were some personal conflict but they were solved pretty quickly and the characters involved would not let those conflicts got in the way of the investigat
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, subc2011
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
Andrea Corley
I thoroghly enjoyed listening to this book and can't believe it's taken me so long to read it! They sure just don't write books like they used to now do they? I believe Andrea Kane really has a knack for grabbing a reader and holding on to them throughout the entire story! I was pretty shocked at the ending! Overall, excellent and the best part is, there's plenty more to follow!
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Barbara ★
I've read Andrea Kane in the past and really liked her books but this is the first that I've given less than 4 stars. It just didn't grab me like the previous books did. Maybe it was because there were just too many agencies involved (FBI, local cops, the CARD team (whoever they were), Forensic Instincts and a former FBI consultant) and instead of them all following different leads/directions, they were stumbling all over themselves in a pissing match all chasing the same thing (oh yeah they pre ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, 2014
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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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!
Hol Up
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome series. Love the characters and the story. Can't wait to start the next one in this series.
Feb 29, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
29 February 2020: $2.99 on Kindle ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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
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.
May 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, creepy
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
Lynda Kelly
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Greatly enjoyed this and it's my first by this author. I'd recently started 4 dogs of books so it was an even greater pleasure to start something not totally full of errors. It wasn't without mistakes but in no way anything that made it unreadable.
I loved the people working for Forensic Instincts-all very different and all bringing their own special abilities to the table. Casey was a special favourite of mine, I have to say. I liked her style and her way of dealing with people.
I loved the tribu
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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
Katherine Clark
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Carolyn Getson and I are going to write a mystery this summer, so as devour mysteries, I'm paying even closer attention than usual to what I like and don't like. This mystery started off really well. I would call this a fantasy mystery, in that the protagonist runs her own firm which has enough money, the latest gadgets, a fabulous building, and wonderful partners. It was fun, and the tension in the mystery was high. As we got to about the halfway point though, it began to crumble a bit. I reali ...more
A Book Vacation
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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