What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light…
The silhouette stood at the edge of the woods like a spider watching a fly enter its carefully crafted web. Only a few more steps and she’d be within its grasp.
Stacy Shaw has her whole life ahead of her. New job, new house and now a baby on the way—everything she’s ever hoped for is finally coming true. But on a warm summer night on the way home from work, she vanishes. The police race to find her, but the clues don’t add up. Conflicting facts emerge as her story twists and turns, sending the trail spiraling in all directions.
A hometown hero with a heart of gold, Jack Stratton was raised in a whorehouse by his prostitute mother. Jack seemed destined to become another statistic, but now his life has taken a turn for the better. Determined to escape his past, he's headed for a career in law enforcement. When his foster mother asks him to look into the girl’s disappearance, Jack quickly gets drawn into a baffling mystery. As Jack digs deeper, everyone becomes a suspect—including himself. Caught between the criminals and the cops, can Jack discover the truth in time to save the girl? Or will he become the next victim?
And Then She Was Gone is the prequel of the Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series.
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I seem to be blessed when it comes to reading prequels. I usually stumble upon them when the series has a few books out so that if I love them, I can look forward to grabbing the series and binge reading until I am caught up. And the Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series looks like it is going to be one of those series.
AND THEN SHE WAS GONE is a wonderful introduction to Jack and his sidekick Chandler. The book starts out with him stopping a purse snatcher and just keeps getting better from there. When Stacy Shaw disappears, Jack is positive that the police have gotten the wrong man and he is determined to prove it.
The story line is fast paced yet there is time for the reader to really get to know Jack and his background. The dialogue is witty and sometimes amusing and the characters are a real treat. They are so realistic that I can picture some of them popping up for my monthly potluck.
I do recommend this prequel to any of my readers who enjoy reading police procedurals and I tend to search out the rest of the series. There's no sex in this book but there is violence.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.