‘Abducted’ by Janice Cantore

September 22, 2012 2 Comments

Review: To be perfectly honest, book one, Accused didn’t sit well with me. However, Cantore comes back with her follow-up, Abducted, and it quite surprises me. The structure of the first series book struggles to find footing, and it doesn’t read well as a result. The plot stays with detective, Carly Edwards. This time around, she must work a kidnapping case, and continue attempts to reconcile with her estranged husband Nick. Now both are Christians, Carly’s assumes they will easily work through their problems. But in her fight to save a child, she soon realizes that their problems won’t so easily be fixed.

‘Abducted’ by Janice Cantore. A review of the 2012 Tyndale novel, book two in the Pacific Coast Justice series. Text © Rissi JC

Personal issues and relationships in this story are important to its every faucet. It’s like it runs interference in the background and is something Cantore sees through the end quite nicely. It’s a hard balance to strike but Cantore does it with ease. That said, I will admit, the character of Nick is not my favorite. His conversion is not impossible but leaves me wondering so many things. Should I root for reconciliation between he and Carly? Instead of being able to decide for myself, as the reader, I’m instead asked to put my trust in the heroine.

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The pacing here, and its plot is a great improvement over Accused, the first book. The writing is sharper and there is more incentive to solve the mystery, and this kind of thing helps to compel the reader to keep reading. In the chasm between Carly and Nick’s problems and the search for baby A.J., there is a lot of truth and “good” within these pages, it just doesn’t always “feel” right. Although it’s sometimes mistake prone, Abducted isn’t a “bad” story by any means. It just didn’t have a “spark” to capture my undivided attention.

IN CONCLUSION: Decent characters seeking to do good structure this story though the overwhelming amount of police brass and administrators makes the prose a bit too confusing.

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Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Pacific Coast Justice, book 2
Genre: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Shop the Book: Amazon | Goodreads
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

With thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book for reviewing purposes; my apologies to the author and publisher for the delay in getting this novel read and a review posted in a prompt manner. 

About Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

Rissi JC

amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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  • Charity U January 6, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I've wanted to read this for a while…thanks for your review! Now I know that while I probably don't want to buy it, it is worth reading. :)

    • Rissi January 6, 2013 at 5:08 AM

      I like this author but she's not my favorite suspense writer. So many others do it with far more talent. Hope you enjoy, Charity!

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