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Abandoned by Allison Brennan
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Investigative TV reporter Maxine Revere is taking a month off to dig into her mother, Martha’s disappearance sixteen years earlier. With a successful TV show, “Maximum Exposure” under her belt, Max plans to use the skills she’s developed solving cold cases to determine what happened to her mother after she dropped nine-year-old Max off with her grandmother Eleanor, never to return.

Martha kept in touch through infrequent postcards for six years. Then Martha stopped getting her trust fund checks at the beginning of each month and Eleanor filed a missing person’s report that went nowhere.

There are lots of layers to this story. Martha is involved with Jimmy Truman, a fun-loving con man. Living off her money and friends, they travel all over having fun, resorting to scams when Martha’s allowance ran out. The twosome gets involved with art thief Phillip Colter and a few masterpieces go missing from Colter’s stash.

A private investigator Max hires finds that a car, owned by Martha under her aunt’s name, was found abandoned in Cape Haven, Virginia, Jimmy Truman’s home town.
Max rents a house in Cape Haven so that she can pursue leads and explore wherever her questions take her. Jimmy’s brother Gabriel still lives in Cape Haven with his daughter Eve and is a well-respected Navy veteran who wants Max to leave him alone. FBI Agent Ryan Maguire turns up pursuing information about Jimmy who sold an expensive painting to a Russian a few years earlier and is now sought for questioning about that transaction. And Phillip Colter owns a house in Cape Haven through his company Boreal.

Allison Brennan organized this story to move back and forth between Martha and Jimmy’s story and Max’s investigation. The suspense Ms. Brennan creates with her words is powerful, leaving the reader hooked, turning just a few more pages, then a few more pages, and a few more pages, until the end is finally reached, in only one sitting.

This is the fifth book in the Max Revere series. But it doesn’t matter if this is your first Max Revere book. Abandoned stands alone very nicely. In fact, it may serve as a strong invite to read the first four books.
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July 27, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 1, 2018 – Shelved
August 1, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery

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