Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Review: Stolen Daughters (Detective Amanda Steele #2) by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold

Stolen Daughters

Detective Amanda Steele #2

by Carolyn Arnold

Published: April 6, 2021

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime Thriller, Crime, Suspense


The girl looked so peaceful, she could have been asleep. Except her eyes were open, blankly reflecting the flickering flames spreading towards her…

When firefighters discover the body of a teenage girl at an abandoned house, Detective Amanda Steele hurries to the scene. Dumfries, Virginia is a small town, yet no one seems to have any idea who the dead girl is until Amanda finds a dragonfly pin with the name Crystal engraved on it.

Working tirelessly, Amanda traces the pin to Crystal Foster, a thirteen-year-old who disappeared three years ago from her wealthy parents’ home. Breaking the news to the distraught parents won’t be easy, but the loss of her own daughter still haunts Amanda, and she knows this will bring them closure. But when Amanda goes to see the Fosters, they do not recognize the girl. She isn’t Crystal.

Before Amanda can react to this new development, she gets an urgent call. A fire has consumed another vacant house, and the remains of two more girls have been found. Who are these girls, and why are they being picked off? Amanda must stop this killer before the pattern continues, and the death toll climbs.

When Amanda receives a taunting note from the killer, she realizes that she holds the missing piece of this puzzle. The victims are connected to Amanda’s past, to a case she can never forget, and which almost claimed her life. As she follows the clues to their deadly conclusion, can she save more innocent lives… even if it risks her own?

An unputdownable, pulse-pounding mystery. Fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni will be gripped.

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My Review:

The body of a teenage girl was found in an abandoned house after the fire was put out. The fire did not kill the girl as the fire was put out before it reached her. A woman on her way to work saw the fire and called 911.

Detective Amanda Steele and her partner Trent Stenson are called to the scene. Amanda is still grieving the loss of her daughter and husband who were killed in an accident a few years back. Later the woman who called 911 is found murdered. The bodies keep ramping up as more bodies of teenage girls are found.

Amanda and her partner Trent believe they have a serial killer on their hands. Amanda visits the grave of her little girl and finds a note that could only be from the killer. The murders all seem to tie in with a case Amanda worked on a few years back that almost cost Amanda her life.

Can Amanda and Trent find the killer before more bodies turn up? What is the killer’s motive behind the killings?

Stolen Daughters is what is known as a slow burn. It starts off slow giving you the details letting you get to know the characters before releasing the action but once it does you can’t turn the pages fast enough to find out all the answers. Stolen Daughters releases its secrets slowly pulling you in until you are totally consumed but by then there is no way you can put it down until the last page is read.

If you are into murder mystery stories with lots of suspense then I would highly suggest that you one-click your copy of Stolen Daughters to step into the world of a serial killer. But watch as Amanda and Trent works a crime scene.  

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives in London Ontario with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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