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I'm willing to suspend my disbelief and make allowances to further the plot but there is no way ANY police officer, let alone the FBI, would let a paranoid, distraught old man run free among innocent civilians with a loaded gun in plain view even if it's on his own property. Then not to pull their weapons in response to his threats with the gun and shoot him after he shoots an innocent teenager. Then to allow the man to take that injured teen hostage and allow another teen to offer herself as another hostage. Then for the lead agent to barely argue and return to his hotel room that same night to conduct the other side of the investigation. He should have remained at the house near the hostages and called in HRT, SWAT, an ambulance, backup and begun negotiations. Only an idiot would have allowed the situation to get so out of hand.
Then there is the boy's mother standing quietly by after she sees her son shot and knowing he is going to be taken hostage with no medical care. What kind of mother would not be screaming bloody murder and needing to be physically restrained to keep her from her son. Then she mutely allows the girl to be taken as well when she is also responsible for her. No one insists on medical treatment or even offers to take medical supplies to the house for the boy. When he goes down in front of her she does nothing. Except for his fellow hostage no one seems to be particularly worried about his medical condition throughout the remainder of the story. When the lead FBI agent tells his mother the plan to rescue the hostages if the old man's demands aren't met isn't any of her business she meekly accepts that mentally acknowledging it isn't any of her concern??!! The hostages are her gunshot son and his friend whom she is responsible for. It is totally her concern. She stated at least twice in the book that she isn't intimidated by aggressive men then several times she turns around and acts in total opposition to her claims of being tough and independent. She's supposed to be an excellent dog trainer and tracker yet she repeatedly dismisses the alerts of her dogs and several times the alerts of all the rescue dogs in the vicinity. Her character is too inconsistent to be believable.
The seemingly somewhat involved father tells her he won't come unless he's needed? His son has been shot and taken hostage and that's not being needed?!
Then to top it all we're supposed to accept that mother and son can see and communicate with the dead and those around them who know just blithely accept it without question or any skepticism or suggestion that they go see a psychiatrist. Mother and son are more bothered about it than everyone else is.
I finished listening despite the above and more as I wanted to know how it ended and it was well written and remained interesting but I will not be listening to the rest of the series.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is a great read. Suspenseful, intricate writing, and just enough characters to keep the plot moving. You can tell this writer has put in her research on Search and Rescue dogs. She just tells a good story. Bravo!