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In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter
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In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter is a very good read!!

Nine toddlers are dropped off at a nursery in South London just like any other day; however, this day is different - this day, the unthinkable happens when the children are kidnapped from the school after intruders posing as policemen lock the staff up.

The story takes place over four days and is told in the voices of two women involved in the case: Anna Tate, DCI in charge of the case, and Ruth Brady, mother of Liam, one of the kidnapped children. (Liam has cystic fibrosis and is at special risk if he doesn't receive his medication regularly.)

Anna can personally relate to how the parents of the kidnapped children are feeling. Her ex-husband, Matt, took their two-year old daughter Chloe and disappeared ten years ago; she's never gotten over it and has never stopped searching for them. With seventeen years of service with the MET under her belt, she is an extremely capable (and likeable) investigator. She will need all the experience she has to solve this case - the kidnappers are demanding $6 million pounds for the safe return of the children. If their deadline isn't met, the ransom increases by $1 million pounds each day, and one of the children will be killed each day the deadline is overdue. Talk about PRESSURE with a capital 'P'!!

At the beginning, it is hard to imagine that anyone could do this, but as Anna discovers, there are several people with ample motives. It is fascinating watching her uncover information and put the pieces together.

J.P. Carter does a fine job of hooking the reader with a story-line that anyone with a beating heart can relate to - children in danger. He then keeps us glued to the pages by ending each chapter with a small cliffhanger. The characters are very well drawn and fully fleshed out - each one is believable, and he does a great job of describing the emotional toll this situation is taking on all involved.

Sign me up! I'm already waiting for the next book in this promising series!!

Many thanks to NetGalley and Avon for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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January 20, 2019 – Started Reading
January 20, 2019 – Shelved
January 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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